Turkey, allies 'can defeat extremism' writes minister

Foreign Minister Cavusoglu uses Miami Herald article to say Turkey expects 'full solidarity' from US

Turkey, allies 'can defeat extremism' writes minister

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s foreign minister has used an article in a U.S. newspaper to say there is “no difference between the extremist attacks of New York, Orlando, Brussels, Paris or Ankara”.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, writing for the Miami Herald newspaper, said the spillover of “extremism and extremism” from Syria threatened many countries.

“Whether it is ISIL, the PKK/YPG or al-Qaida, we have to show equal determination in fighting them," he added.

Cavusoglu wrote: "We expect our friends and allies -- the United States, first and foremost -- to act in full solidarity with us in fighting against extremism."

On Turkey’s defeated coup attempt, Cavusoglu added: "What happened on July 15 was a milestone for Turkish democracy. A group within the Turkish Armed Forces ruthlessly attacked Turkey’s democratic institutions and, above all, the Turkish people:

"They bombed the Parliament building while it was in session. They bombed the Presidential Palace. They tried to assassinate the president. Tanks rolled over the civilians who were protesting the coup attempt. Attack helicopters opened fire on unarmed citizens."

Turkey's government has said the attempted coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming a “parallel state”.

At least 240 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred during the failed putsch, and more than 1,500 others were wounded as they protested against it.

"The Turkish people showed momentous bravery by taking to the streets against the plotters in defense of their democracy, rights and liberties. Their resolve saved our constitutional system," wrote Cavusoglu.

"We have solid proof that this coup attempt was staged by a clandestine extremist organization (FETO), led by Fetullah Gulen residing in Pennsylvania," he added.

"Many of the plotters have confessed to being members of FETO, and we have also recovered communications between military plotters and Gulenists, including telephone records, which show orders to support the coup attempt and discussions on when to fire on innocent civilians and bomb occupied buildings."

The foreign minister added he expects a swift and favorable response from the United States.

"Turkey is determined to bring the perpetrators of this coup attempt and their mentor to justice. To this end, the provisional arrest warrants and files for extradition of the leader of this extremist organization were transmitted to U.S. authorities," he said.

"Our expectation is a swift and favorable response to our request from our ally. At the moment, this is the most sensitive issue in our relations with the United States."

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