US vice president Biden arrives in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
US Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Ankara, Turkey, the TRT Haber TV channel reported Aug. 24.
The vice president will have his first meeting with the Speaker of the Turkish parliament Ismail Kahraman and then he will meet with the country’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Biden also might meet Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit.
The extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organizing the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, will be the main topic of discussions during the meetings.
Previously, Turkish authorities sent two requests to the US for extradition of Fethullah Gulen. An Istanbul court ordered on Aug. 4 to arrest Fethullah Gulen.
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 had said 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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