Turkey rebuffs US resolution condemning Washington incident

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 07.06.2017 22:36
Updated 08.06.2017 11:19

Turkey has rebuffed a U.S. House of Representatives resolution that condemned the Washington incident, and accused legislators of steps that "distort and politicize" matters. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hüseyin Müftüoğlu in a statement said yesterday that the resolution was "against the spirit of alliance and partnership" between Turkey and the U.S.

"The U.S. House of Representatives last night put on its agenda and passed an undue resolution that was previously voted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The steps taken by the U.S. legislative branches to distort and politicize the matter are not constructive," the statement said.House Republicans and Democrats unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that underscored their fury over Washington incidents during President Erdoğan's meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in May.

The incident took place when a group of PKK supporters and some protesters carrying Armenian flags started shouting slogans against Turkey and President Erdoğan at the Lafayette Square Park, just north of the White House.

Later, when Erdoğan arrived at the embassy building, protesters continued the insults, shouted slogans and threw water bottles prompting some Turkish citizens and the head of the president's security detail to step in.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier cited the U.S. authorities' failure to take precautions as the main reason behind the incident.

ISTANBUL / DAILY SABAH

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