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Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) was accosted by the justice counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, Fatih Kesici, for allegedly not calling the Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) terrorist, Cook announced on his Twitter account. The confrontation took place after Cook participated in a panel discussion on Nov. 4 in Washington concerning last Sundayand’s general election in Turkey. Footage showing part of the incident was circulated on social media. Cook himself said on Twitter: and”New low. Employee of the Embassy of #Turkey in Washington accosts me in a crowded elevator bc he didnand’t like what I said at a public event.and” He then retweeted the footage, which was shot in an open area, and wrote, and”It was worse in the elevator…and” Cook told the Cumhuriyet daily that after the panel discussion someone approached him in the elevator and asked, and”Why did you not call the PKK terrorist?and” Stating that he calls the PKK terrorist in all of his writings and statements, Cook said the man started shouting at him before giving Cook a chance to answer. and”Every time I opened my mouth, he raised his voice higher,and” Cook told Cumhuriyet. Cook said the man followed him after they got off the elevator, as seen in the footage, adding that he was worried the man might physically hurt him since he seemed quite angry. Cumhuriyet also said they spoke to people from the Turkish Embassy and were told there was no tension between Cook and Kesici and that they left the event together after chatting for a while.


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