US State Department summons Turkish ambassador over violence outside Turkish mission

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Washington sees the militia as best suited for an eventual siege of Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL). "It would be useful if this person was replaced", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.

"This McGurk is definitely supporting the PKK and YPG".

McCain said "this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically". "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America". We do not do this here. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior".

Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders vowed to fix their countries' relationship and re-establish an economic and military partnership. "This is a city where people should be allowed to come and peacefully protest".

Ferad analyzed the VOA Turkish video, which shows Erdogan calmly watching as the brawl unfolds yards away. The guards surrounded a middle-aged man who had been kicked to the ground and was kicked repeatedly in the face.

At least twelve people were injured during clashes, according to BuzzFeed.

The United States said Thursday it had summoned Turkey's ambassador to the State Department, where the No. 2-ranked USA diplomat raised concerns about the security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, after the guards were recorded on video violently breaking up a protest.

The Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement following the incident.

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Senator John McCain on Thursday called for the envoy to be expelled.

"Assaults on freedom of speech, the press, and free assembly have become tragically commonplace in Erdogan's Turkey".

Cavusoglu was speaking in an interview with broadcaster NTV after returning from a visit with President Tayyip Erdogan to Washington where they met President Donald Trump.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", said a statement from the Turkish embassy. Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.

"This is the United States of America", McCain wrote.

"That's something we will not tolerate her in Washington, D.C", he said.

Turkish supporters, however, claimed they were provoked by members of the Turkish Kurdish party YPG, which Erdogan's government considers a terrorist group for its links to the PKK.

"We clearly told them this: if there is any sort of attack from the YPG and PYD against Turkey, we will implement the rules of engagement without asking anyone", the Sabah newspaper citing him as saying.

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