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    Turkish Ministers to Visit US to Discuss Extradition of Gulen - Erdogan

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    The interior and justice ministers of Turkey will visit the United States for talks on the extradition of dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding the failed July coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Erdogan stressed that Turkey and the United States “should adopt a shared attitude against all terrorist organizations as NATO member countries.”

    “We had sent the papers regarding this terrorist to the United States before the coup took place. The documents that were prepared after the July 15 coup was put down will be handed over to a delegation that has arrived from the United States… The heads of our justice ministry and the foreign ministry will visit the United States to work together on the issue,” Erdogan said at a press conference following talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama ahead of the G20 summit in China, as quoted by Anadolu Agency.

    On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey and was suppressed the following day. Ankara has accused Gulen, who has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup, a charge the dissident cleric has denied.


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