23 October 2016

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to visit Turkey in late August

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Turkey in late August, reports said on Thursday, according to Daily Sabah.


Kerry's visit is expected to focus on the developments following the failed coup attempt by the Gulenist Terror Organization (FETO) and the extradition of FETO's leader Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, Daily Sabah wrote.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had previously said on Tuesday that a senior-level official from the U.S. would visit Turkey after August 20.

Turkey took the illegal activities of the Gulen Movement to the international platform in the U.S. last year and is currently demanding his extradition.

On August 2, Ankara filed a second application for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the leader of the July 15 coup attempt, from the U.S. as top Turkish officials from President Erdogan on down question the value of an ally that ignores terrorist threats to Turkey.

Death penalty not on Turkey's agenda, says MPDespite calls from Ankara for Washington to detain Gulen and extradite him to Turkey, U.S. officials have asked for concrete evidence linking him to the coup attempt.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has expressed disappointment at the Obama administration's support, or lack, likening the impact of the coup attempt to the September 11, 2001 attacks that shook the U.S.

Both the government and the opposition parties urge the U.S to extradite Gulen, who is accused of masterminding the coup attempt and takeover state institutions through his agents.

On July 15, 2016, Gulenist agents in the military launched an unsuccessful bid to topple the government. The coup attempt failed due to a huge public uprising in condemnation of the move.

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