Turkey warns US over pro­tect­ing Gulen

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY warned the US yes­ter­day not to sac­ri­fice bi­lat­eral ties over Penn­syl­va­nia-based preacher Fethul­lah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the July 15 failed coup and wants to see ex­tra­dited to face trial.

“If the US does not de­liver [Gulen], they will sac­ri­fice re­la­tions with Turkey for the sake of a ter­ror­ist,” Jus­tice Min­is­ter Bekir Bozdag told re­porters at a brief­ing in Ankara,

Turkey has re­peat­edly pressed Washington to ex­tra­dite the 75-yearold cleric to face trial over the at­tempted putsch, which saw a rogue mil­i­tary fac­tion try to oust Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Mr Gulen strongly de­nies Ankara’s ac­cu­sa­tions and his lawyer said Turkey had failed to pro­vide “a scin­tilla” of proof to sup­port its claim.

Mr Bozdag asked rhetor­i­cally how the United States would re­act if a per­son re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­lence in their coun­try was be­ing hosted by Turkey.

He said that if the US did not ex­tra­dite Mr Gulen, re­la­tions be­tween the two would be neg­a­tively af­fected de­spite be­ing “two friendly coun­tries” at pre­sent. –

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