Turkey holds over 6,300 foreign meetings amid diplomatic moves against Gülenists
REUTERS photoAnkara has been campaigning diplomatically since the failed July 15 coup attempt to inform other countries about the activities of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who it says was behind the coup plot.
Turkey has made more than 6,300 official contacts through its missions and consulates abroad since the failed takeover, according to the figures published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website on Aug. 14.
Some 6,382 official contacts were made, of which 36 were at the presidential level, 42 were at the prime ministerial level, 234 were at the ministerial level, and 696 were at the lawmaker level. Some 5,374 contacts were made between other high-level officials, according to the website.
The Foreign Ministry also stated that a total of 1,657 interviews were given by Turkey’s foreign representatives on the issue, while they gave 174 press briefings and published 403 articles and letters.
Meanwhile, the cross-party Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament has been visiting a number of countries - including Belgium, Germany and Canada - in order to give press conferences on the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).