The Turkish foreign minister has formally conveyed his objection to the US Ambasador to Turky for briefely detaining the Turkish President’s bodyguards after a brawl that happened last week, calling the action “aggressive”. The event outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence involved protesters critical of the Turkish government and bodyguards for Turkish officials.
President Trump met with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Tuesday at the White House and praised him as an ally to the US in the “fight against terrorism.” Erdogan praised Trump on his “legendary triumph” in the elections but stated very seriously that his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a U.S. decision to arm them. The US alliance with Turkey has already proved pivotal in the battle against the Islamic State in Syria. Despite the US’ decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia the tone of the meeting was extremely positive.
Twelve warrants for arrest have been issued to Turkish security guards by the D.C. police after the brawl which happened in May during Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to the U.S. The peaceful protest which took place in May was disturbed by Erdogan’s security team who violently attacked the protestors. The suspected Turkish Presidential Guards, who are believed to be in Turkey, are now wanted in the U.S.