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Donald Trump Praises  Erdogan as a Friend

New York (September 22, 2017) : United States President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan as a friend despite tensions between the two countries over Turkish security officials involved in street fighting with protesters during a visit to Washington in May.

Meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Trump hailed Erdogan’s leadership in Turkey and said Erdogan “has become a friend of mine”.

“I think now we’re as close as we’ve ever been,” he said. Eleven people were hurt in what Washington’s police chief described as a brutal attack on peaceful demonstrators outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence.

Ankara blamed the violence on groups linked to Kurdish militants fighting an armed campaign in southeastern Turkey.

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