Turkey hopeful of Gulen extradition from US

Turkey's government is working on a decree to meet demand for new air force pilots, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said today, after a purge of thousands of military following last month's failed coup.

"Since the coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with only two of his counterparts, the presidents of Kazakhstan and Russian Federation".

Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in the Turkish capital on a state visit, met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday, discussing bilateral cooperation and regional issues. Two generals captured in Dubai and another in Kuwait have been sent back.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile for nearly 20 years, is accused of running a decades-long campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

"If a tenth of the accusations levelled at me are proven I will return to Turkey to face the stiffest punishment", Gulen, 75, added.

The statement was likely to fan concerns over Turkey's large-scale crackdown on followers of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, and raise questions over whether the government would start a witch-hunt based on an army of informants. The ambassador also expressed his thoughts about the false attempt of Coup D'etat in Turkey.

But Cavusoglu said: "We will closely cooperate on these issues (on Syria) after this meeting".

"Everything is out in the open". Washington said the US Department of Justice, and then ultimately a court, would weigh the merits of the case once a formal request was made through the appropriate channels.

Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft, and Tourism Organization said the decision to lift the ban followed assurance that peace has returned to Turkey and Iranian tourists will no more be threatened by the heated circumstances that followed the coup attempt, the organization's public relations reported August 13.

Speaking to the exporters, Erdogan urged the businessmen to inform "prosecutors and police" on Gulen supporters they know, and to inform business contacts overseas that the Gulen movement was "not only a threat to our country but to the whole world".

The president has vowed to restructure the military after the coup attempt, during which soldiers used jets, military helicopters and tanks to attack government institutions including parliament and the intelligence agency.

Mr Sukur was one of the stars of Turkey's third-place performance in the 2002 World Cup and a household name in the football-mad country.