Turkey says President Donald Trump of the United States has told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing the US-based Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against the Turkish leader.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comment in a forum held in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday, Turkey’s English-language Hurriyet Daily News newspaper reported on Sunday.
“In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing [Fethullah] Gulen and other people,” Cavusoglu said, refereeing to the G20 summit held in the South American country two weeks ago.
In mid-July 2016, a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had seized control of the country and the government of President Erdogan was no more in charge. The attempt was, however, suppressed a few hours later.
Ankara has since accused Gulen, now 77, of having…