Erdoğan visits Turkish General Staff for first time after coup attempt

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 03.08.2016 16:38
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (R) and Chief of Staff Gen Hulusi Akar, review a military honor guard at the military headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (Kayhan Özer / Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (R) and Chief of Staff Gen Hulusi Akar, review a military honor guard at the military headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (Kayhan Özer / Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Wednesday the headquarters of the Turkish General Staff in Ankara for the first time after the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) linked failed coup attempt on July 15.

President Erdoğan was greeted by Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, who was detained by force and asked to join the putschists during the coup attempt.

The visit lasted about 2.5 hours. Erdoğan is later expected to visit former Gendarmerie Commander Galip Mendi, who remains hospitalized since the coup attempt.

The General Staff headquarters was among the primary targets on the coup-plotting soldiers during their attempt.

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