FETO 'big in Japan,' Turkish foreign minister says

Group behind last July's attempted putsch in Turkey also poses danger to Japan, Mevlut Cavusoglu says

FETO 'big in Japan,' Turkish foreign minister says

World Bulletin / News Desk

The group said to have orchestrated last year’s coup attempt in Turkey poses a major threat to Japan, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.

FETO is also very active in Japan and poses a big threat here,” he said, referring to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization in a speech on Middle East developments at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Cavusoglu said some FETO members were tied to foreign intelligence agencies. “We had to remove 25 percent of our diplomats, who were not affiliated with the state but with FETO,” he told the audience in Tokyo.

Turkey blames FETO, led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, of arranging last July’s coup attempt, which left 250 dead.

Since the coup, Turkey has arrested tens of thousands of suspected FETO supporters and dismissed more than 100,000 public servants from across the government.

Turning to the conflict in Syria, Cavusoglu said the war had “become a global problem by overflowing from the Middle East.”

Two Japanese journalists were murdered by Daesh in Syria in January 2015.

“The best solution is a political solution but if the truce is not ensured, this option is difficult to adopt,” Cavusoglu said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Haziran 2017, 12:14