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Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive

19 May 2017

The calls came as the Trump administration acknowledged it had released two members of Erdogan's detail after holding them briefly after the incident, which took place Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in the USA capital.

"We can confirm that Ambassador Kilic was summoned to the State Department and met with Under Secretary Shannon on Wednesday", a State Department official told NBC News.

Audiovisual analysis of footage recorded at the Turkish embassy on Tuesday sheds light on the verbal commands given by Turkey's president prior to his bodyguards' attack on a group of Kurdish protesters. "It would be beneficial for this person to change", he said, accusing the diplomat of pursuing policies of the Obama administration, according to broadcaster NTV.

The United States is expressing concern over a clash involving protesters and supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Customary worldwide law affords heads of state and members of their entourage with inviolability from arrest and detention", a State Department official told ABC News.

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In video captured by the Voice of America, a handful of Erdogan's supporters and his security detail rushed the demonstrators and started hitting them.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday. "To send a clear message that these acts of violence will not be tolerated, I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate criminal charges before these individuals leave the United States".

Turkish officials said demonstrators were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". "This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically", the senator said in an interview with MSNBC.

"We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key USA ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long partnership".

Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Trump administration "did not show any reaction" to the Turkish warning.

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The video then shows Erdogan's bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy.

Eleven people were injured, including one police officer, in what law enforcement called a "brutal attack".

The incident occurred after Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Trump.

The Turkish Embassy claimed on Wednesday that Erdogan's bodyguards were acting in "self-defense" during the incident and the protesters were affiliated with the terrorist group PKK. US officials said this month that the White House had approved supplying arms to the YPG, a decision that caused alarm in Ankara.

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Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive