Jul 17

U.S. denies role in Turkish coup attempt, warning about accusations’ harm to relations:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday denied any U.S. role in Turkey’s failed coup attempt, while warning about such accusations’ harm to relations.

In a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Kerry received an update on events in Turkey, and was told that the Turkish government remains in control of state institutions.

The phone talk was held amid Turkey’s accusations of a U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, for plotting the coup, while demanding Gulen’s extradition by the U.S. government.

Kerry warned that “public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations,” but adding that the United States would entertain an extradition request on condition that Turkey proves wrongdoing by Gulen.

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