Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

However, the two security detail members that were held after the brawl were released and are already back in Turkey. Instead, Erdogan's guards were released under a globally recognized custom under which nations don't arrest or detain visiting heads of state and members of their delegations, said the official, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the USA and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl.

As the violence broke out, videos from the confrontation quickly spread on social media showing Erdogan's bodyguards pummeling people, even kicking people in the face.

"After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America, so you can not have that happen in the United States of America". He then "exited the vehicle and looked directly toward the melee feet away".

Police said 11 people had been injured in the brawl, and two people, Ayten Necmi, 49, of NY and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42, from Virginia had been arrested at the scene and charged with assault and assault on a police office respectively.

Two men were also arrested by D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department on the scene - Jalal Kheirabaoi of Fairfax, VA, and Ayten Necmi of Woodside, NY, according to police reports.

On Wednesday, the embassy characterized the event in a statement as demonstrators "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

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The White House has remained silent on the episode, with White House press secretary Sean Spicer referring reporters to the State Department. "It's disgraceful and shouldn't be happening in the United States of America". He went on to plead for the replacement of Brett McGurk, the USA presidential envoy for the global coalition against IS.

"It is absolutely unacceptable to take the YPG-PYD into consideration as partners in the region, and it's going against a global agreement we reached", Erdogan said.

Speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, Erdogan criticized the US decision to ally with "terror organizations" for the long-awaited operation to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

"When we take this step, we don't speak or consult with anyone as we don't have any time to waste". Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Trump administration "did not show any reaction" to the Turkish warning.

The US agrees with Turkey in designating the PKK as a terrorist organization, but rejects the idea that Kurdish forces in Syria or Iraq should be treated in the same fashion.

"We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally on this and other topics of mutual importance", Nauert said.

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