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U.S. Harboring Gulen Is Destroying Turkey Ties, Premier Says

  • Turkey’s Yildirim speaks ahead of Joe Biden’s visit to Ankara
  • Turkey blames U.S.-based Gulen for masterminding coup attempt
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U.S. failure to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic cleric blamed by Turkish authorities for the failed military coup last month, is “destroying” Turkish-American relationships, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a stern rebuke ahead of a visit by Vice President Joe Biden.

“Nothing is the same after July 15,” Yildirim told journalists on Saturday in Istanbul. “America knows this, and we know they know it.” The premier described bilateral relations as “so-so.”