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8/3/16

Turkey hints at US ties review over Gulen

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday that Pennsylvania-based Fethullah Gulen must be extradited without preconditions, implying that Ankara’s ties with Washington are at stake.

The US has said it would extradite Gulen only if Turkey provides evidence, not allegations, that he was behind the recent coup bid.

“We would be disappointed if our (American) friends told us to present proof even though members of the assassin organization are trying to destroy an elected government under the directions of that person,” Yildirim said, referring to a perceived “deep state” that Ankara believes is working under Gulen’s instructions.

At this stage, there could even be a questioning of our friendship,” he said.

Officials in Turkey — a NATO member — have previously said they would reconsider ties with the US if Gulen is not handed over to them.

Read more: PressTV-Turkey hints at US ties review over Gulen

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