Turkish official warns African countries of FETO threat

Do not let FETO terrorist group poison African countries' ties with Turkey, says Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz 

Turkish official warns African countries of FETO threat

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s education minister on Tuesday warned African countries about the activities in Africa of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year’s defeated coup in Turkey.

"You should know that a great many FETO members who were uncovered in Turkey went to African countries and continued their campaign against Turkey using so-called ‘innocent’ structures," Ismet Yilmaz told ambassadors from African countries gathered in a hotel in the capital Ankara.

They should not let FETO poison their countries' relations with Turkey, Yilmaz stressed.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016 which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Yilmaz said FETO's activities focus on education and the economy and that it uses hospitals, media organs, public and private institutions, and NGOs as a mask.

Their private schools employ terrorists and pursue FETO’s goals under the cover of education, Yilmaz added.

"FETO-linked schools pose a threat not only to Turkey's security but also to the countries they are active in,” he explained.

“So we want our African counterparts, who are friendly countries, to rid these schools of FETO elements." he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Eylül 2017, 17:12