Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, D.C.
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 23:58
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan encouraged approximately 40 worldwide investors he met during his visit to the USA on May 15-16 to intensify investments in Turkey, according to a written statement of the meeting coordinator, Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) on Wednesday.
Erdogan issued a statement afterward, congratulating Trump for his presidential election victory.
Mr Erdogan's visit was further complicated by his repeated call for the USA to extradite Pennsylvania resident Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric widely blamed by the president's supporters for instigating last July's failed military coup. The decision to arm them came last week, amid preparation for an offensive to retake what is effectively the capital of ISIS, the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.
You have to wonder what it's like for Kurds back in Turkey. But he asserted the United States' and Turkey's mutual commitment to ending Syria's conflict.
The altercation outside the ambassador's residence occurred hours after the Trump-Erdogan meeting.
The United States is relying on regional allies including Turkey for intelligence-sharing and military assistance as it crafts a Syria policy, particularly as Iran and Russian Federation work to bolster Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
The biggest dispute between Turkey and the USA recently has been the Trump administration's plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group.
Trump has gone out of his way to foster a good relationship with Erdogan.
"We will also be calling for Turkey to ensure religious freedom and human rights for all and end persecution and intimidation of Christians and other religious minorities".
In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the sources said that armament of Kurdish militias in Syria has prevailed over the agenda of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington on Tuesday.
Doug Buchanan, a DC Fire and EMS spokesman, says two of those hurt were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals by ambulance.
The newspaper said one of the nine people hospitalized was in a serious condition. He said by phone that emergency personnel were called to the residence about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Two people were arrested and one charged for assaulting a police officer, Dustin Sternbeck of the Metropolitan Police Department told USA Today.