Obama Stresses ‘Unwavering Support’ For Turkish Govt
Barack Obama and advisors ‘lament loss of life’ after some 160 die in attempted coup
“The president also underscored the shared challenges that will require continued Turkish cooperation, including our joint efforts against terrorism,” it added.
On Friday night, renegade elements within Turkey’s military attempted to stage a coup against the government.
Although the coup was soon put down by the country’s legitimate authorities and security apparatus, some 160 people were martyred in the violence, according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Obama “and his team lamented the loss of life and registered the vital need for all parties in Turkey to act within the rule of law and to avoid actions that would lead to further violence or instability,” the White House said.
Yildirim has declared July 15 a “day of democracy.”