Turkey warns Kyrgyzstan over possible Gülenist coup attempt
AA photoTurkey has warned Kyrgyzstan of possible coup attempts in the country by supporters of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said.
“With every passing day [the Gülenist’s] presence is increasing and they are also infiltrating the administration of Kyrgyzstan,” said Çavuşoğlu, adding that Ankara had also directly warned other countries of the threat, though not specifying which countries directly.
“We told them [Kyrgyzstan] that they [Gülenists] could also attempt such a coup there too,” he said.
“There is a serious threat inside Kyrgyzstan as they [Gülenists] have chosen it as a base. There are constant infiltrations inside the Kyrgyz state structure,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that Kyrgyzstan had demanded the list of Gülenists once again and Turkey had sent the list to them.
He said Turkey had warned the Central Asian country to not allow what the government calls the “Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ)” to expand in the state.
On July 15-16, Turkish security forces and citizens took to the streets against a coup attempt staged by a group of high-ranking officers within the army, accused by the government of being followers of Gülen and members of FETÖ.