September 7, 2016 - 18:13 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The extradition of Fetullah Gulen will be one of the main topics during a visit to Washington by a Turkish parliamentary delegation, a Justice and Development (AK) Party deputy said Tuesday, September 6, according to Anadoly Agency.
“July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, as well as extradition of Gulen and the developments in Syria will be the main topics we will be talking about,” the party’s Istanbul Deputy Ravza Kavakci Kan told Anadolu Agency.
Kan said the party’s Deputy Chairman for Foreign Relations Mehdi Eker is leading the delegation during the four-day visit this week.
The group will meet members of Congress, civil society and opinion leaders as well as media representatives.
The parliamentarians will discuss with American officials the legal process of extradition of Gulen for his role in allegedly establishing a quasi-state within the Turkish state and ultimately leading the bloody overthrow attempt.
Turkey submitted evidence of the activities of the Gulen-led Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and a formal request for his extradition last month, she said.
“We will talk about what we can do beyond that,” she said, noting the group would tell Americans that Gulen and his secretive organization is not only a threat to Turkey but also to the U.S.
The head of the Turkish-American Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group, Ali Sarikaya, said the group will also ask American officials to stand with Turkey against FETO, Daesh and PKK/PYD terrorism.
"What we expect from them is to stand with Turkey for its very right cause, to stand with Turkish democracy, to hand over the leader of this terror group -- which attempted to harm Turkish democracy and nation -- to the Turkish justice,” Sarikaya said.