Protesters injured in clashes outside Turkey's embassy in Washington
- Author: Arturo Norris May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 17:32
Two people were arrested during a brawl outside the residence of Turkey's ambassador to Washington following a White House visit yesterday by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Asked what he thinks of Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge but his performance can only be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.
"Erdogan's administration, however, considers the Syrian Kurds terrorists due to their ties to Turkish Kurds who have been waging an insurgency to create an independent state for the past three decades".
Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.
Mr Erdoğan was reportedly inside the building at the time.
"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Wednesday.
Trump and Pence met with Erdogan on Tuesday to discuss how to strengthen the ties between the USA and Turkey.
"We're going to have a lot of great success in the coming years ... the relationship that we have together will be unbeatable", Trump said while meeting Erdogan.
The victims were transported to George Washington University Hospital.
Trump said the US would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey.
Trump's approval, before the visit, of plans to arm the YPG as it advances towards Islamic State's Raqqa stronghold had overshadowed talks between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but Erdogan did not directly criticize the plan at the White House.
Turkey accuses much of its Kurdish population of having links to the outlawed Kurdistan People's Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Turkish authorities, with tens of thousands killed on both sides.
After their meeting, Trump and Erdogan exchanged friendly tweets.
Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said in a statement the two leaders discussed "possible steps against FETO", referring to what Ankara calls the "Gulenist Terror Organization", a term it uses to describe Gulen's network. Erdogan blames Gulen supporters for the attempted coup. -Turkish relations, fueled by renewed supplies of USA weapons to Syrian Kurds. It also wants the United States to extradite religious leader Fethullah Gulen who is accused of being behind a failed military coup past year.