The Foreign Minister, Francisco Bustillosummoned the Turkish ambassador to Uruguay, Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, after the country’s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, made a racist gesture this Saturday in Uruguay towards a group of protesters from the Armenian community, reported The country and sources from the Foreign Ministry confirmed The Observer.
Çavuşoğlu was leaving to meet with Bustillo; both agreed terms of reference for an FTA and signed an investment protection and promotion treaty. After the meeting, the Turkish diplomat responded with a gesture in reference to the country’s terrorist organization gray wolveswhich generated annoyance among those who were demonstrating at the door of the building, in Montevideo.
A video became public after being posted on Twitter, and the rejection of Çavuşoğlu’s attitude was generalized among the Armenian community, towards the afternoon of this Saturday. For his part, the Uruguayan foreign minister decided to summon the Uruguayan ambassador to the Santos Palace – the headquarters of the foreign ministry, in the Center – for this specific issue, added one of the informants.
In parallel, the senator from the Front Amplio Liliam Kechichian summoned the International Affairs Committee of the Senate to Bustillo. “We will ask to summon the chancellor to raise an unacceptable situation,” said the legislator.
“The Turkish Foreign Minister today making the salute of the Gray Wolves terrorist paramilitary group banned in many places. A message of hatred for the Armenian community that was demonstrating peacefully,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Armenian community had demonstrated in front of the Turkish embassy against the head of that country – who arrived in Uruguay this Saturday – and demanding that the nation not recognize the Armenian genocide, whose death will be commemorated 107th anniversary this Sunday. In addition, this Friday there was another march, which the Armenians in Uruguay called “March for Justice”, which went from the Faculty of Law (University of the Republic) to the Genocide Plaza of the Armenian People, in the Tres Cruces area.