Turkey's foreign ministry condemned Wednesday's siege of the US Capitol building by supporters of President Trump as America's global rivals seized on the chaotic scenes from Washington.
Turkey called for calm and urged for 'common sense' to resolve the 'political crisis' in the US after protesters broke into the United States Capitol aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry called the events 'worrying', saying 'we believe that the US will overcome this domestic crisis calmly,' with Turkish citizens in the US being urged to stay away from crowded places where demonstrations are held.
'We follow the events in the USA with concern and invite the parties to calmness. We believe that problems will always be solved within law and democracy,' Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said on Twitter.
'As Turkey, we have always been in favour of the law and democracy and we recommend it to everyone,' he added.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured on Wednesday. Turkey's foreign ministry called the events in the US 'worrying', saying 'we believe that the US will overcome this domestic crisis calmly'
A number of allies also reacted with alarm to the scenes in Washington DC as a number of countries outside the US maintained live coverage of the events.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scenes were 'disgraceful' and called for the peaceful transition of power, with Biden's inauguration set to take place on January 20, when he would take over from the incumbent.
'Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,' Johnson tweeted. 'The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.'
Keir Starmer, Leader of the UK Labour Party - the country's opposition party - also reacted to the events, saying: 'Horrendous scenes from the US. These are not 'protestors' - this a direct