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US drops plan to let Turkish leader's guards buy guns

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security guards buy US-made weapons worth 1.2 million dollars (£880,000) following violence against protesters during Mr Erdogan's visit to Washington this spring.

A congressional official said the US state department has formally withdrawn its notification to congress of the planned sale.

Earlier this year, the administration told congress it planned to allow New Hampshire gun-maker Sig Sauer to sell the weapons, which include hundreds of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition.

The weapons would have gone to an intermediary in Turkey for use by Mr Erdogan's presidential security forces.

Nineteen people including 15 identified as Turkish security officials have been indicted by a US grand jury for attacking protesters in May.

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