Secretary Tillerson: Evidence against Gulen provided by Turkey inadequate, while voluminous


Date posted: March 31, 2017

According to a story on Financial Times, the meeting between US Secretary of State Mr. Rex Tillerson and his counterpart Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu was tense as the US officials have privately said the evidence provided by Turkey has been inadequate, while voluminous. Below is related excerpts from the news.

Mehul Srivastava in Istanbul and Laura Pitel in Ankara

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson failed to soothe relations with Turkey after holding tense talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on issues ranging from the Syrian conflict to the extradition of a Turkish cleric.

Mr Tillerson showed little movement on the main issues pushing the Nato allies apart: US support for a Syrian Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group; Ankara’s demand for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric it blames for a failed coup; and the arrest of a senior executive of a Turkish state-owned bank in New York this week, the officials said.

The tension was evident at a press conference Mr Tillerson held with Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Mr Cavusoglu also asked the US to grant the extradition of Mr Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, while leading a network of Islamist sympathisers that penetrated the Turkish judiciary and military during a long alliance with Mr Erdogan.

Mr Gulen denies any role in the failed coup in July, and US officials have privately said the evidence provided by Turkey has been inadequate, while voluminous. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim recently described the delay as a joke on Turkey.

The arrest this week of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy chief executive of HalkBank, for allegedly conspiring with an Iranian-Turkish citizen to help Iran evade US sanctions has further strained relations.

Mr Cavusoglu condemned the arrest as a political decision, and suggested that Preet Bharara, the recently fired US attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the judge in the case, were influenced by Mr Gulen.

“The former prosecutor [Bharara] has close relations with Feto [the Turkish acronym for the Gulenist movement] including the judge,” Mr Cavusoglu said. “They came to Turkey before, and they have participated in some political meetings and he has made some statements against Turkey.”

Mr Bharara recently retweeted a criticism of the decision by Mr Tillerson to avoid any meetings with the Turkish opposition during his visit.

Source: Financial Times , March 30, 2017


Related News

I’m ashamed

A defamation campaign was kicked off to demonize the Hizmet movement — just as the “deep state” would do in the past — and a witch hunt was launched in various state organs. Despite the fact that the prep school debate started months ago, the probe was portrayed as part of it.

Samanyolu schools to sue 3 government officials over unlawful search warrant

Samanyolu Educational Institutions are preparing to file a criminal complaint against three government officials on charges of misconduct related to an unlawful warrant to inspect all private schools in Ankara through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Today’s Zaman has learned.

Greece Warned Turkey Hours before the 2016 Coup Attempt

Former military chief and defence minister Evangelos Apostolakis says Greece warned Turkey hours before the 2016 coup attempt after receiving information about plan.

Failed coup in Turkey hits Albany’s Turkish Cultural Center

A failed military coup in Turkey in July continues to reverberate locally with the layoff of the only paid employee at the Turkish Cultural Center of Albany and cuts in its programs, which include language and cooking classes.

Festival showcasing Anatolian cultures attracts thousands in LA

The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, which brings the peoples, religions, languages, history and foods of Anatolia to the United States every year, opened last week in Los Angeles, with the participation of tens of thousands.

Erdoğan calls on people to show no mercy to Gülen movement

Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday called on people to not show mercy to the movement, saying the pitiful will be pitied, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

The Fountain 100th Issue Essay Contest

Kimse Yok Mu extends a helping hand to thousands of Guineans

Wife: Jailed Former Prosecutor, Heavy Cancer Patient, Needs Urgent Health Care

Complainant says he was ‘fooled,’ apologizes to suspects in trial targeting Gülen followers

Turkish festival brings students from 27 countries to Ethiopia

An early prediction about the next elections

Fethullah Gülen in Indonesia

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News