Turkish president: Trump apologized for indictment of security staff in brawl

Kurdish referendum to breed 'new crises', Erdogan warns

Monday's move would block a deal by New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer to sell $1.2 million worth of arms to the unit behind the May 16 assault on anti-Erdogan protesters during a presidential visit to Washington, reports Xinhua news agency. The AP also reported that "lawmakers of both parties have asked the State Department to take extra precautions to ensure there's not another violent incident this week by Turkish personnel during the United Nations gathering". "And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the United States", he continued.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The announcement to arm Syrian Kurds came in May, when the US Department of Defense said it would be providing them with small arms, machine guns, armored vehicles and other military hardware.

To date, 19 people have been indicted for the brutal beatings, including 15 members of President Erdogan's security detail.

However, investigative journalist Rick Sterling told RT in June that such a result is highly unlikely, given failed attempts to take back arms in Afghanistan and Libya.

Tensions between the two sides had emerged in the build up to a referendum that granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers in what some observers said pushed the country towards totalitarian rule.

The decision comes as 15 members of Erdogan's security detail face assault charges in the USA in connection with last May's attack on mainly Kurdish protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

The development has angered Ankara, with Turkish officials voicing regrets over Germany's decision to grant asylum to Turkish officers.

In this Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 photo made available Monday, Sept 18, 2017, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, acknowledges supporters as he arrives at his hotel in NY.



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