USA: State Department decline to comment on extradition of Turkish security agents

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to comment upon whether the US would seek extradition for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security agents, who were issued arrest warrants following a brawl between anti-Erdogan protesters and the president's security team. Nauert was delivering a press briefing from Washington DC, Thursday.

Nauert read out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson statement to reporters, stating ''The charges filed against 12 Turkish security officials sent a clear message that the United States does not tolerate individuals who use intimidation and violence to stifle freedom of speech and legitimate political expression," continuing, "When an outcome is reached, the department will determine if any additional steps will need to be taken."

When pressed on whether the US will seek extradition of the security guards Nauert answered, "I can say we will weigh additional actions for the remaining named individuals." She noted however, "They no longer have the immunity, now that they are not here."

The arrest warrants were issued following a brawl between anti-Erdogan protesters and the president's security team during his visit to Washington DC last month. Turkish President has vowed to fight the US arrest warrants.

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