Abdullah Gul rules out any contact with Gulen
Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul on July 12 strictly ruled out any contact with the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen after the latter claimed in an interview that he had previously met with Gul at his residency in Pennsylvania.

 “During my term in office as prime minister, foreign minister, and president, I have absolutely had no meeting with this organization leader to whom I have never felt sympathy in any period of my life in terms of thought, religion, and politics. I bring to the public attention,” Gul said in a message shared by the 11th Presidential Office’s official Twitter account.

In an interview aired on July 11 by the American media organization National Public Radio (NPR), Gulen claimed that he had met with 50 members of parliament at his residency, including Gul and former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Turkey has been demanding from the U.S. the extradition of Gulen, who is accused of masterminding last year’s failed coup attempt.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag on May 8 met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, reiterating Ankara’s request for Gulden’s extradition.

During the meeting, Bozdag asked Sessions to submit in court the evidence Ankara handed over to U.S. authorities in support of the extradition, and place Gulen under provisional arrest, according to Turkish Justice Ministry sources.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16458  |  Date: 2017/07/13  |  Time: 10 : 24

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