Er­doğan: Shame if Wash­ing­ton acts on envoy’s words

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

PRES­I­DENT Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan as­serted yes­ter­day U.S. Am­bas­sador John Bass is the one who caused the re­cent visa row be­tween Turkey and the U.S., neg­a­tively af­fect­ing U.S.-Turk­ish ties.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing with provin­cial gover­nors at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace com­plex in Beştepe, Ankara, Er­doğan said: "It is un­ac­cept­able for the United States to sac­ri­fice a strate­gic part­ner to an am­bas­sador who doesn't know his place."

"It is a shame if the U.S. is gov­erned by an am­bas­sador in Ankara," he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Er­doğan, the re­main­ing staffers from for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's ad­min­is­tra­tion were try­ing to un­der­mine the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ankara and the new ad­min­is­tra­tion led by Pres- ident Don­ald Trump.

He as­serted that Turkey will stand be­hind its de­ci­sion to mu­tu­ally sus­pend visa ser­vices to U.S. cit­i­zens if U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and Trump de­fended the am­bas­sador. The pres­i­dent also slammed the U.S. stance on Turkey and re­it­er­ated his crit­i­cism of U.S. sup­port for the PKK ter­ror­ist group's Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate Demo­cratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed Peo­ple's Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG).

Er­doğan also as­serted that no one can claim the "ter­ror cor­ri­dor" formed south of Turkey is to fight Daesh, and that the real aim is to be­siege Turkey. He also an­nounced that Turkey would no longer use Amer­i­can-made Sig Sauer weapons in its po­lice forces.

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