Uighurs in Turkey protest visit by China's FM

Uighurs living in Turkey staged protests on Thursday denouncing a visit by China's foreign minister to Ankara amid alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Wang Yi met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The United States, the European Union, and other countries imposed sanctions against Chinese officials this week over their involvement in human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Wang apparently aims to explain China's stance that the sanctions are based on lies during his tour of six Middle Eastern countries. He visited Saudi Arabia before arriving in Turkey.

Tens of thousands of Uighurs have fled Xinjiang and now live in Turkey. Protestors chanted "Stop Uighur Genocide" and called on China to free their relatives.

Cavusoglu said after meeting with Wang that he had "conveyed our sensitivity and thoughts on Uyghur Turks."