May 25, 2017 / 8:54 PM / 2 months ago

Turkish Foreign Ministry rejects U.S. resolution condemning street brawl in Washington

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected a resolution by senior U.S. lawmakers condemning a street brawl between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

Spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said the resolution was voted and passed with "a one-sided resolution which distorts the facts" and added the incident, which took place during President Tayyip Erdogan's visit to meet President Donald Trump, was a result of negligence by U.S. authorities.

"The incident ... was caused as a result of the refusal of U.S. authorities to take necessary security measures, despite repeated official warnings," Muftugolu said in a statement.

The U.S. envoy to Ankara was also summoned to Turkey's foreign ministry to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials during the visit.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Alison Williams

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