Turkish Foreign Ministry: US House resolution over Washington brawl ‘against spirit of alliance’

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has said a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives on June 6 condemning a street brawl between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington is “against the spirit of alliance” between Turkey and the US, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“The steps taken by the U.S. legislative branches to distort and politicize the matter are not constructive. This is also against the spirit of alliance and partnership between Turkey and the US,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ambassador Hüseyin Muftuoglu said in a written statement on June 7.

The resolution was previously voted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. A similar resolution was introduced in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week.

The brawl during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to meet US President Donald Trump caused a diplomatic dispute between the two NATO allies.

At least 11 people were injured in the clashes, including two who had to go to hospital for treatment.

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