President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Germany to take necessary steps against Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) members in the country, who are being sought by Turkey for their involvement in the failed coup attempt on July 15, during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ankara Thursday. "When it comes to FETÖ, whatever the PKK and its affiliates, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG), are, FETÖ is the same," President Erdoğan said and criticized the German authorities for their lack of a speedy process in the extradition of the FETÖ members being sought by Turkey. "We've sent the U.S. 85 boxes of evidence and we are still waiting for a legal decision," Erdoğan said calling on the German authorities to speed up the legal processes as justice delayed is justice not served, also criticizing the U.S., where FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen has been residing since 1999. Turkey officially submitted evidence to the U.S. in October 2016 regarding Gülen's network that formed a quasi-state within the Turkish state and attempted to topple the government with the intent to take over the state via a vicious coup.Merkel also met with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım to discuss the recent diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Germany, as well as with opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) representatives.
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