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President Erdogan: US must be grateful to Turkey for democracy protection

Türkiye Materials 29 July 2016 19:28 (UTC +04:00)
The US must be grateful to Turkey for democracy protection, rather than support Fethullah Gulen, who is involved in the military coup attempt in the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, TRT Haber TV channel reported July 29.
President Erdogan: US must be grateful to Turkey for democracy protection

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

The US must be grateful to Turkey for democracy protection, rather than support Fethullah Gulen, who is involved in the military coup attempt in the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, TRT Haber TV channel reported July 29.

President Erdogan was commenting on the remarks made by the army general Joseph Votel, commander of the US Central Command that Turkish plotter generals are “friends of the US”.

The president added that the Turkish people will not forget the intrigues of the Gulen movement, directed against Turkey’s statehood, as well as those who support them.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also criticized Votel’s statement July 29, calling it incompetent.

The US is mistaken if it thinks that only the recently arrested Turkish generals were fighting the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group, added the foreign minister.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

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