US should stop letting Gulen be the problem in relations with Turkey, Presidential spokesperson says

Türkiye Materials 21 July 2016 22:03 (UTC +04:00)

Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said Thursday that the United States should stop letting the extradition of Fethullah Gulen be a problem between Turkey and the US.

Speaking to A Haber news channel, Kalin said the extradition of the leader of the FETÖ terrorist organization, Fethullah Gulen, was not a new development and it had been on the table for about one and a half years.

"It is enough for an individual to be extradited if he is warranted as suspect in a case. The testimony of the Chief of Staff's aide clearly shows that they (FETO terror group) are behind this coup attempt. Even Gulen himself said that 'someone who loves us might be among those conducted the coup," Kalin said.

The spokesperson signaled that if the U.S. fails to extradite Gulen, Turkey will start to respond to extradition demands from the US with a reciprocal principle.

Ankara had submitted an official request for Gulen's extradition to the U.S. on Wednesday. White House later said the Justice Department and other U.S. agencies were now reviewing the documents and will take action in accordance with a decades-long extradition treaty between the two countries with respect to the extradition of criminals.