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US delegation in Ankara to talk Gulen extradition

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Baku, August 23, AZERTAC

A U.S. delegation has arrived Monday in Turkey to discuss the extradition of Fetullah Gulen who is accused of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, official sources said on Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

Sources from the Justice Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said that three officials from the U.S. Justice Department and another from the State Department arrived in capital Ankara late Monday night.

The delegation began talks with officials from Turkey’s Justice Ministry’s International Law and Foreign Affairs Directorate early Tuesday morning, the sources added.

Turkish officials are expected to share information about four different files dealing with the extradition of Gulen who is also accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Turkey's government has said the defeated coup, which left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by followers of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) network.

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