Free Press Journal

On coup anniversary, Erdogan asks West to choose between Turkey and terrorists


Ankara : On the first anniversary of July 15 defeated coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked Western leaders to make a choice between Turkey and terrorist organisation.

 “There is no way to sugar-coat this betrayal of Turkey’s friendship which is incompatible with bilateral relations and fundamental values alike,” Erdogan wrote in an article for a British daily.  “Today, western leaders have a choice between standing in solidarity with terrorists or regaining the favor of the Turkish people.”

 The Turkish Government has accused U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen and his outfit- Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) for orchestrating the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in which 250 people were martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

 Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.