Gulen ready to return to Turkey if U.S. backs extradition
Sep 24 2016
Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ, answering questions from journalists in the USA, has said that Vice President Joe Biden agreed that Turkey had provided sufficient evidence that Fetullah Gülen was the mastermind behind the failed coup attempt of July 15.
"If the United States says yes, then I will go, it's not a problem", Gulen said.
"Mr. Biden also accepted and stated that there was concrete evidence", Bozdag added.
Turkey's Ministry of Justice has officially appealed to the United States over Gulen's arrest.
"We hope that it won't be delayed and happen on a short notice", Bozdag said.
Previously, Turkish authorities sent two requests to the U.S. for extradition of Fethullah Gulen.
The US has received "concrete evidence" that an Islamist cleric living in Pennsylvania was behind the failed July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, according to Ankara's justice minister.
Gulen is also accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.
Today the Vice President met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at the Peninsula Hotel in NY.
Erdogan and Biden were expected to discuss the situation in Syria and Operation Euphrates Shield launched by Turkey last month in northern Syria to clear Daesh along the Turkish border.