Turkey foreign minister says sees positive change in US on extraditing cleric

ANKARA: Turkey is seeing a positive change in the attitude of the United States towards the extradition of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for orchestrating a failed coup attempt this month, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavasoglu said on Thursday.


Speaking to broadcaster, Cavasoglu also said more than 300 personnel in the foreign ministry have been linked to the cleric.

Turkey says Gulen used his network of followers in the military to attempt to overthrow the government on July 15-16.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for years, denies the charge. Turkey wants Washington to extradite Gulen, but the United States has said it would require clear evidence to do so.



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