World Bulletin / News Desk
Tsuruho paid a visit to Ankara to show the Japanese government's solidarity with Turkey after the July 15 defeated coup, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Yildirim thanked Tsuruho for Japan’s support in the wake of the foiled coup, the sources added.
The Turkish government says U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen organized the July 15 coup attempt, which left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1997, is also accused of running a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.
A cooperation protocol was also signed between the two countries.
Ahead of the signing ceremony, Turkey's Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told reporters that the aim of the cooperation is to share Japanese technological know-how with Turkish institutions.