Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-soccer star

Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-soccer star

Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-soccer star

But Turkish officials are angered over a perceived lack of sympathy by Western officials who they say are more anxious about the crackdown than the coup itself.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, however, that despite differences Turkey and Iran "would strengthen cooperation for a lasting peace in Syria".

Turkey's president has accused the West of supporting and aiding terrorism and said the coup in his country was organised by foreign powers (US, Saudis, UAE).

The defence minister also said the three Turkish military attaches - two from Greece and another from Bosnia - still at large following last month's failed coup were now believed to be in Italy.

Turkey's prime minister today said that Ankara could not compromise with the United States over its request for the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen which it blames for orchestrating last month's attempted coup.

Writing in Saturday's edition of French daily Le Monde, Gulen called for an global inquiry into the failed coup, vowing his "full cooperation" with any such probe.

Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Friday that prosecutors have issued a detention warrant for Turkey and Galatsaray striker Hakan Sukur.

Rear Admiral Mustafa Zeki Ugurlu working on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Virginia had sought asylum in the USA after he was dismissed from the armed forces for links to the putsch bid, according to state-run news agency Anadolu earlier this week. He has not made any comment in relation to the arrest warrant.

Maintaining Ankara's criticism of the Muslim cleric who denies any involvement in the putsch, Yildirim said on Saturday that Gulen ran an exclusive communication channel with 50,000 using it.

"For permanent peace and a solution in Syria, we'll strengthen our cooperation".

Isik told Haberturk television that Turkey's role in the US -led coalition against Islamic State will continue without interruption following the coup.

"Everything is out in the open". Cavusoglu said Friday he had seen the first positive signs Washington could extradite him.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Ankara, said that some were "analysing that this meeting and rapprochment ... as a message to the West, as some sort of political leverage", after the coup attempt. "We are seeing signs of U.S.co-operation".

The president has vowed to restructure the military after the coup attempt, during which soldiers used jets, military helicopters and tanks to attack government institutions including parliament and the intelligence agency.

Isik said a decree would soon be ready to order the recruitment of new air force pilots following the purge.

"Our priority in this decree is the 265 pilots who have been dismissed".

"Iran always had good relations with both Turkey and Russian Federation". The 36-year-old singer had posted a tweet showing her support to the victims of the coup a day after it happened, while on July 20 she had tweeted her support to the Turkish government.

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