Turkey to Submit Updated Files Regarding Post-Coup Period to US
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that Turkey is preparing files regarding the post-July 15 failed coup attempt and will submit them to the United States as part of the process to extradite U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who is accused of being the mastermind behind the coup attempt.
President Erdoğan thanked Obama for the U.S.’s support against the coup attempt and noted that the file regarding the case of Fetullah Gülen has been updated with the addition of new documents in the post-coup period.
He said that the files will be given to the U.S. delegation responsible for Gülen’s extradition, and that a delegation from the Turkish Justice Ministry will also visit the U.S. to work on the matter.
Obama said that the U.S. is committed to bringing the perpetrators of the attempted coup to justice and condemned the attempt once again.
“We will make sure that those who carried out these activities are brought to justice” he said.
Turkey has requested the extradition of Gülenist terror-group (FETÖ) leader Fetullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Gülen and his followers are accused of masterminding the deadly coup attempt, which killed over 240 people and injured over 2,000, as well as infiltrating state institutions to take control.
A U.S. delegation, including three officials from the U.S. Justice Ministry and one from the U.S. Foreign Ministry, arrived in Ankara in August to discuss FETÖ leader Gülen’s extradition and analyze the evidence Turkey will grant.
Obama also noted that it’s important to “finish the job” of securing Turkey’s border with Syria.
Turkey is currently carrying out a military operation to clean its borders from terrorist organizations, including Daesh and the YPG and underlines there is no difference between various terrorist organizations and that all of them must be fought with determination.