Erdoğan: Shame if Washington acts on envoy’s words
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.