Atalay: Gulen will be a focus of US-Turkey relations

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay says 'parallel state' to continue to be on the agenda for a long time

Atalay: Gulen will be a focus of US-Turkey relations

World Bulletin/News Desk

The 'parallel state' is an important issue in Turkey-US relations and will continue to be on the agenda for a long time, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Sunday.

In a televised interview on private 24 TV, Atalay reffered to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent statement that legal action would be initiated for the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.

The Turkish government has accused Gulen's Hizmet (Service) movement of forming a 'parallel state' comprising bureaucrats with hidden agendas.

“As we said earlier, no country will allow such parallel structures for the sake of its safety,” said Atalay.

The group is also accused of conducting illegal wiretappings of thousands of people in Turkey

Atalay said the government would take legal action against those who wiretapped phones. "It is a major issue for the government," he said.

“Our prime minister has been betrayed by the people he trusted; people to whom he gave assignments dared to eavesdrop on him,” he said.

The 'parallel state' is allegedly behind a number of operations that the Turkish government says has damaged its reputation over the last three years, including a series of anti-graft probes last December targeting government allies.

 

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