Gulen’s extradition: U.S. delegation holds discussions with Ankara

A delegation of U.S. officials from the Justice and State Department arrived in Ankara on Monday to discuss developments following the failed coup, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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The four U.S. officials are expected to discuss with their Turkish counterparts on Tuesday and Wednesday the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who is believed to have masterminded the failed July 15 coup attempt.

Turkish Justice Ministry officials stated they will share with their U.S. counterparts the extradition demand documents in addition to evidence indicating Gulen’s direct involvement in the attempted coup.

Turkey sent a second request to the U.S. for the arrest of Fethullah Gulen earlier this month.

Tensions brewed after Ankara expressed its discontent over lack of support from Washington in the wake of the failed coup.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag warned that the relationship between both countries could be negatively affected if Gulen is not extradited.

However, the U.S. insists that the cleric will only be extradited following legal procedures according to relevant legislature and treaties.

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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