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Turkish Envoy to Washington Returning to US Amid Jerusalem Row

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Turkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic speak to the Conference on US-Turkey Relations in Washington, DC, May 22, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Joshua Roberts.

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington is returning to the United States after being recalled for consultations two weeks ago over a US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, an official in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Serdar Kilic was recalled to Ankara amid a dispute with Israel and Washington over the killing of dozens of Palestinian rioters by Israeli forces on the Gaza border earlier this month.

Turkey has been one of the most vocal critics of Israel’s response to the Hamas-orchestrated Gaza unrest and of the US embassy move, also recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv and calling for an emergency meeting of Islamic nations.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who will travel to Washington on June 4, said on Wednesday that Kilic would return to make preparations for the visit.

Cavusoglu will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit, where the two will discuss a roadmap for northern Syria’s Manbij, which Turkey wants cleansed of the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

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