Turkey summons US ambassador over warning

TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) – Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador in Ankara to protest the US warning of its citizens residing in Turkey.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that it had summoned the US ambassador to Turkey, Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

The US ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry over a warning to US citizens in Turkey about attending a political rally that referred to police crowd control methods, the AP has quoted the Turkish local media as saying on Sunday.

The embassy posted a message on its website on May 18 ahead of an Istanbul rally for the opposition People’s Republican Party, or CHP, on Saturday evening.

According to AP, the Turkish Anadolu news agency, citing unnamed ministry sources, reported that Ambassador Jeffry Flake was summoned so the Turkish government could express its “discomfort” over “the unfounded allegations” in the US warning.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued its own warning to Turkish citizens in the US. It said, in the past, live ammunition, electroshocks, tear gas and “violent acts” had been employed by US police to quell demonstrations.

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