Obama pledges help bringing Turkey coup plotters to justice

US President Barack Obama told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday that the US would offer full support to Turkey in bringing the perpetrators of the recent coup attempt to justice.

The leaders were meeting for the first time since the failed July 15 coup attempt on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, amid calls by Ankara for the extradition of a US-based cleric it blames for the coup.

Obama did not mention Fethullah Gulen by name, but US officials have been examining evidence presented by the Turks requesting his extradition on charges not related to the coup.

Obama said he had offered support "in investigating and bringing the perpetrators of these illegal actions to justice."

"I've assured him that our Justice Department and my national security team will continue to cooperate with Turkish authorities to determine how we can make sure that those who carried out these activities are brought to justice, and reaffirm our strong support for the Turkish people and Turkish institutions," he said.

Erdogan thanked Obama for his support and said "operations are underway within the framework of the rule of law" against Gulen and his supporters.

Turkey was still gathering evidence to submit to the United States against Gulen, he said.

The leaders also discussed Turkey's military effort in Syria, but in remarks to reporters Obama did not raise US concerns about Turkey targeting Kurdish forces, with whom the US has been aligned.

Last update: Sun, 04/09/2016 - 10:43
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