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    A Pro-Erdogan supporter holds an effigy of US based cleric Fetullah Gulen hanged by a noosed on during a rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016

    Turkey Asks India to Monitor Gulen Supporters

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    Turkish Foreign Minister has asked India to monitor US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen's supporters in India and shut down Gluen-linked organizations, sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs told Sputnik on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is currently on official visit to India and met with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj. The two ministers discussed bilateral cooperation as well as finalizing a roadmap for cooperation between Ankara and New Delhi in the coming years.

    "Turkish Foreign Minister briefed [Swaraj] about the role of Fethullah Gulen in the Turkish coup and also asked India to keep a close watch on his networks in India. Turkish Foreign Minister also requested India to close his institutions as they impart terror teachings."

    Ankara has accused Gulen and his followers of playing a key role in the failed coup, a charge Gulen has denied.

    On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey and was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed during the coup attempt and an estimated 2,000 were wounded. The Turkish authorities have already removed thousands of officials from their posts across the country over links to coup perpetrators and to the Gulen movement. Those removed include members of the armed forces, governors, military advisers, prosecutors, intelligence officers and judges.


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