MHP leader blasts US for reaction to Washington clashes

Foreign Ministry summoned US ambassador to Turkey to protest 'unprofessional actions' of American security personnel

MHP leader blasts US for reaction to Washington clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader voiced support for Ankara's stance vis-a-vis the U.S. ambassador to Turkey over clashes in Washington last week.

In his party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Devlet Bahceli said that violence between Turkish security staff and terrorist PKK supporters should be studiously investigated.

Bahceli said that the provocation by PKK members "was swept under the mat" by the U.S. administration, and that instead Turkey was blamed after the clashes.

"Doing this... is a shameful situation [for the U.S.]," he said. "In this context, the diplomatic and verbal note that was given to the U.S. by Turkey is right, judicial, correct, and also not enough."

The Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador to Turkey in protest against the “aggressive and unprofessional actions” of American security personnel towards the foreign minister’s protection team outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington last week.

The incident took place on May 16 when Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was visiting the U.S. capital along with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during an official visit to meet President Donald Trump.

Fighting broke out between a group of anti-Turkey protesters and Turkish-Americans, who had gathered to welcome Erdogan.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mayıs 2017, 16:40