Trump working on extraditing Gülen, Turkey’s foreign minister says

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu / AFP

US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that Washington was working on extraditing a US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sunday, according to Reuters.

“In Argentina, Trump told Erdoğan they were working on extraditing Gülen and other people,” Çavuşoğlu said at conference in Doha, referring to the G20 summit in Argentina from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Erdoğan and Trump had a 50-minute-long meeting at the summit.

Turkey has dismissed some 140,000 public servants based on their alleged links to Gülen, who inspired a faith-based movement in Turkey and other countries.

In addition Turkey has investigated more than 600,000 people on terrorism charges since the failed coup attempt.

Since then, Ankara has made the extradition of Gülen and his followers a priority in its foreign policy.

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