Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kerry to Turkey: public insinuations abt any role by US in failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations.

Secretary Kerry's Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby:

Secretary Kerry spoke this evening with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The foreign minister provided an update on events in Turkey,  and made clear the Turkish government remains in control of state institutions. The foreign minster thanked the United States for its support.

The Secretary reiterated U.S. support for the democratically elected government in Turkey, for the rule of law and for the need for authorities to take all necessary precautions to safeguard civilian life and property as they respond to this attempted coup.

Secretary Kerry also urged restraint by the Turkish government and respect for due process -- and its international obligations -- as it investigates and uncovers additional information about those involved.  He made clear that the United States would be willing to provide assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation, but that public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations.

Finally, both ministers discussed Turkey's importance as both a NATO ally and a key member of the coalition to defeat Da'esh, and stressed the need to stay focused on ensuring operational support to those efforts continue unabated.

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