FM: US understands Turkey's position against Syrian Kurds

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Erdogan visited U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday.

The minister described Trump government as "more honest than the previous one" and said Ankara had a promise that the weapons handed over to the YPGs would not be used against Turkey, and Washington would pledge itself to respect the territorial integrity of Syria. The unseemly incident added to U.S.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said it was "an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans".

US Senator John McCain lashed out yesterday at Turkey, calling for the ambassador's expulsion after violence erupted between Turkish security personnel and demonstrators during a Washington visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. US lawmakers demanded stronger action.

He turns to head inside the Turkish ambassador's residence but not before stopping to look back one last time.

A police officer chases a protester, in this still image captured from a video footage, during a violent clash outside the Turkish ambassador's residence between protesters and Turkish security personnel, May 16, 2017. They will not speculate about the current investigation. But the Washington police and US officials should treat them like common criminal suspects nonetheless. They said they expected "conduct more appropriate" from Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a key US ally.

The guards' release left the USA struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability.

Washington's police chief, mayor and several USA lawmakers condemned the violence. The State Department and politicians condemned the attack.

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Police called the violence a "brutal attack on peaceful protesters". Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground. Seconds later, a group of men run across the street and start punching and kicking protesters.

Turkey has been fighting a Kurdish insurgency in the south of the country for years considers the Kurdish separatist groups to be terrorist organizations.

The revelation of Erdogan's proximity to the incident came in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon by Voice of America's Turkish division.

Turkey's embassy blamed the violence on demonstrators, saying they aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens gathered to see Erdogan. "I'm scared now too because I don't know how it will affect my life here in the United States", said Tankan, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

But it didn't happen in Turkey, where Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian government shows little patience with dissent.

Turkey is ready to retaliate if it faces a threat from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will not shirk from launching a military campaign if need be, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.