US VP Biden to visit Turkey on August 24 to discuss coup attempt

Published 13.08.2016 00:00
Updated 13.08.2016 14:54
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will pay a visit to Turkey on August 24, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Saturday.

Addressing senior media figures at Çankaya Palace, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said the United States attitude over the coup attempt had a positive shift as it started to take some action.

"Ankara could not compromise with the United States over its request for the extradition of cult-leader Gülen which it blames for orchestrating last month's attempted coup." he added.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford was the first senior U.S. official to visit the country on August 1 following the coup attempt. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also scheduled to visit Turkey in October.

Yıldırım also informed the media members about the ongoing fight against the Gülen-cult and said the officials are now trying to determine the state workers who kept their close ties with Gülen-cult following Dec. 17-25 coup attempts.

Yıldırım said a total of 81,494 people including judges, soldiers and civil servants have either been suspended or sacked since the July 15 coup attempt

He also thanked the member of Turkish media for their coverage during the attempted coup last month in which they have been credited for helping defeat.

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