Turkey slams United States over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards, summons ambassador

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Turkey has summoned the USA ambassador in Ankara to protest at the Secret Service's "aggressive and unprofessional actions" towards Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security guards during his visit to Washington DC last week. "In front of the Turkish Embassy Chancery in Washington, D.C., during the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week".

In its official response, the Turkish embassy denied wrongdoing, called the bodyguards' obviously aggressive actions (which included kicking a woman curled up on the ground) "self-defense", and insinuated that the protestors were aligned with terrorists. The Turkish media reported over the weekend that Ankara is stepping up training of its own Syrian rebel force, which has fought against both ISIS and the US -backed Kurds-two groups Turkey considers equally threatening.

It said it had requested that the USA authorities conduct "a full investigation of this diplomatic incident". However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the administration would not take action against the "outrageous" behavior until an investigation was completed.

The Turkish government's framing of the incident has infuriated some leading USA lawmakers, including GOP Sen. Last week's incident wasn't the first such case during an Erdogan visit. Last year, violence erupted outside Erdoğan's appearance at a nuclear security summit in Washington, and scuffles had also erupted at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

Serdar Kılıç, Turkey's ambassador to Washington, was summoned to the State Department on Wednesday following the incident, CNN and NBC reported. It's also unclear how committed Turkey is to destroying the Islamic State-a top us foreign policy goal.

Turkey must produce clear evidence in pursuing participants in a failed coup and avoid targeting teachers and journalists simply because they worked for firms run by the Muslim cleric Ankara portrays as its mastermind, the head of the European rights watchdog said Thursday (8 September). This is Erdoğan's security detail. "The State Department has raised its concerns about those events at the highest levels".

The Turkish ministry said it had requested that USA authorities conduct "a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation". Cavusoglu traveled with Erdogan.

At the same time, some corners of the US government have expressed alarm about Erdoğan's increasing power as well as his crackdown on opposition leaders, journalists and others whom he has deemed a threat.

The relationship between Washington and Ankara has been rocky in recent years over American backing of Kurdish militants fighting the terror group Islamic State in northern Syria. "They're protesting that we're acting over their thugs beating peaceful protesters ... in America?" added Jim Hanson. Senior officials have complained internally that United Nations staffers break new rules that were introduced to try to curb its expansive travel spending, booking perks like business class airplane tickets and rooms in five-star hotels with few consequences.

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