Er­do­gan takes swipe at U.S. am­bas­sador

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

ANKARA, Turkey — Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said Thurs­day that the United States is “sac­ri­fic­ing ties” by sup­port­ing its am­bas­sador to Turkey in a diplo­matic spat that re­sulted in the two coun­tries sus­pend­ing the is­su­ing of visas to the other’s cit­i­zens.

“It is un­ac­cept­able for Amer­ica to sac­ri­fice a strate­gic part­ner like Turkey for an im­per­ti­nent am­bas­sador,” Er­do­gan said in ref­er­ence to U.S. Am­bas­sador John Bass.

Bass’ term in Turkey ends this week.

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