Former US lawmaker urges better ties with Turkey

Ex-US congressman says new US administration should extradite Gulen, reset relations with NATO ally Turkey

Former US lawmaker urges better ties with Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

A possible reset of Turkish-U.S. relations under incoming President Donald Trump is high on the agenda as President Barack Obama has less than a week in office, according to a former U.S. lawmaker.

"The hope is that President Trump and his officials will cultivate more closely a diplomatic relationship with Turkish President Erdogan than President Obama had left fallow over the past eight years," former Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg said in a guest op-ed published Friday by The Hill.

According to Rehberg, among several issues that concern both Turkey and the U.S., the extradition of the Fetullah Terror Organization's (FETO) U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen nears the top of the agenda. He accused the U.S. of not having taken any steps or actions toward Gulen’s extradition.

Gulen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999, is the mastermind behind the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt, according to Turkey. Since July 19, Turkey has been officially asking the U.S. to extradite Gulen.

For months, the U.S. has been reviewing documents that Turkey sent based on a 1979 extradition treaty between Ankara and Washington.

"Nothing has been done despite Turkey's ongoing official requests, the Turkish Justice Ministry sending various files and evidence of Gulen’s crimes, and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag visit to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. Attorney General Lynch in efforts to expedite Gulen's extradition last October," Rehberg wrote.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ocak 2017, 15:10