Erdogan Asks Obama to hand over Fetullah Gulen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has went over the matter  concerning the surrender of Fetullah Gulen with President Obama in their first telephonic contact after failed overturn attempt in Turkey. During the conversation, Erdogan told Obama that proper punishment would be given to those responsible within the framework of justice and the rule of law.

President Erdogan had blamed Turkish member of a religion group Fetullah Gulen, who lives  in the United States after being exiled. However, Gullen, in a response, rejected the allegation calling the overturn staged actions of Erdogan.

Ankara has called on Washington to hand over exiled Gulen to Turkish authorities for an investigation into the failed overturn, but John Kerry on Monday said that Ankara must produce proofs for such a development.President Obama made it clear to President Erdogan that Washington does not support terrorists, individuals who conspired to overthrow ‘a democratically elected government’ in Turkey. He also offered help for an investigation concerning the failed overturn.

The Turkish presidential press centre said President Obama told Erdogan that the United States is ready to cooperate with Turkish institutions investigating the failed overturn attempt.

Earlier on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in a joint statement in Brussels, said that the attempted secretly plotted failed overturn was “no excuse” for excessive action, as Turkish authorities said they had arrested over 7,000 people and took thousand out of teaching positions and much more.


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