Source: News Bharati English04 Sep 2016 15:56:09
Hangzhou, September 4: On the sidelines of G-20 meet in China, US President Barack Obama on Sunday assured Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that United States will help to bring perpetrators of failed coup attempt to justice.
Obama pointed out that Turkish people showed their commitment to democracy after resisting the coup attempt. "This is the first opportunity that I've had to meet face-to-face with President Erdogan since the terrible attempted coup that took place in July. By taking to the streets to resist the coup attempt, the Turkish people once again affirmed their commitment to democracy and the strength and resilience of democratic institutions inside of Turkey”.
“I indicated at the time the unequivocal condemnation of these actions and spoke personally to president Erdogan to offer any support that we might be able to provide in both ending the attempted coup, but also in investigating and bringing perpetrators of these illegal actions to justice," Obama further said.
On the other hand, Erdogan indicated that efforts were under way to gather evidence and submit it to the United States, "The post attempted-coup documentation and evidence therein will be amassed and they will be submitted to our friends in the United States. The efforts are still under way”, he said.
“We had welcomed a delegation from the American Justice Department and a similar delegation from the Turkish Ministry of Justice will go to the United States. Our minister of justice and minister of interior will travel together to the United States whereby they will concentrate their efforts on the elaboration of this evidence," Erdogan further said.
Tensions between the two NATO allies have risen sharply since the failed coup attempt against Erdogan on July 15, in which about 290 people were killed. A unit of Military forces tried to overthrow the power of President Erdoğan and seized two bridges in capital Istanbul. The coup attempt was countered by citizens and Turkey police.
Turkish authorities blamed Fethullah Gulen as man behind the coup. Gulen is a preacher and an opponent of president Erdogan who lives in Pennsyvlania in United States in exile. The 75-year old imam went into self-imposed exile when he moved from Turkey to the United States in 1999 and settled in US.