Published On: Tue, Dec 18th, 2018

White House Denies Alleged Trump Commitment To Deliver Gülen Back

The Turkish foreign minister said the US wants to deliver the preacher Fethullah Gülen. The US government denies this representation.

preacher Fethullah Gülen

On Sunday, the following reports made the rounds: US President Donald Trump has promised Turkey, according to the government in Ankara, the extradition of the preacher Fethullah Gülen. Trump told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina that the US was working on the transfer of Gülen and others, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu in Doha on Sunday.

However, the representation of Turkey does not correspond to that of the USA. The US government has now been forced to contradict the statements: US President Donald Trump is considering, contrary to Turkish statements no extradition of the preacher Fethullah Gülen. Trump did not commit to a rendition at a meeting with the Turkish president, a US government official said.

Erdogan blames Gülen for the military coup against him in 2016 and wants to bring the preacher to justice. He rejected any participation in the coup attempt. Gülen has been living in US exile for almost two decades.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that Trump had told Erdogan that the US was working on the extradition of Gülen and others.