Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul has emphatically denied have any meeting with the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Gulen claimed in an interview that he had previously met with Gul at his residence in Pennsylvania.
“During my term in office as prime minister, foreign minister, and president, I absolutely had no meeting with this organisation leader for whom I never felt sympathy in any period of my life in terms of thought, religion, and politics. I bring this to the public attention,” Gul said in a message shared by the 11th Presidential Office’s official Twitter account.
In an interview aired on July 11 by the American media organisation National Public Radio (NPR), Gulen claimed that he had met with 50 members of parliament at his residence, including Gul and former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
On May 8, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag met with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, reiterating Ankara’s request for Gulen’s extradition.
During the meeting, Bozdag asked Sessions to submit to court the evidence Ankara provided the US authorities in support of the extradition, and place Gulen under provisional arrest, according to Turkish Justice Ministry sources.