Turkey’s ambassador to United States to return to Washington

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington is set to return to the United States after being recalled for consultations two weeks ago following a U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Reuters reported citing an official in the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Serdar Kılıç was recalled to Ankara during a row between Ankara and Washington over the killing of more than 50 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces on the Gaza border this month after Palestinians took to the streets to protest the decision that broke decades of U.S. neutrality on the subject.

Turkey, as one of the most vocal critics of Israel’s response to the Gaza protests and of U.S. President Donald Trump decision to move the U.S. embassy, also recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv in addition to calling for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced on Wednesday that Kılıç would return to Washington to make preparations for the minister’s visit slated for June 4.

Çavuşoğlu will meet his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo to discuss a roadmap for the northern Syrian town of Manbij. U.S. troops are in Manbij to train mainly Kurdish forces to fight Islamic State, but Turkey says the Kurdish forces are part of what it says is a terrorist organisation.