Obama Orders to Cooperate With Ankara on Security of US Diplomatic Missions

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US President Barack Obama on Saturday ordered to cooperate with Turkish authorities on providing security to US diplomatic missions and military personnel amid the political crisis in that country, White House said in a statement.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Obama held a meeting with security and foreign policy experts on the situation around the military coup attempt in Turkey.

"The President instructed his team to continue to work with their Turkish counterparts to maintain the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions and personnel, US servicemembers, and their dependents," the statement said.

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The statement added that Obama reiterated Washington's support for the democratically-elected, civilian Turkish government.

Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup is taking place in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to streets, stating that the coup attempt was carried out by a small group within the military.

The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters have been detained and the country is returning to normal life. Over 180 were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have been detained, according to the prime minister.

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