US reiterates support to Turkey's democracy

ANKARA, Aug 1 (KUNA) — The United States’ Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford has reiterated condemnation of the July 15th failed coup and full support to the Turkey’s democracy.
During his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the visiting US top military officer also added that the US would continue to cooperate with Turkey in all areas, including the military, according to a statement by the Turkish Prime Minister office.
For his part, Yildirim underlined the significance of the US clear stance against the coup bid, which he said was “the biggest threat ever against Turkish democracy and the Turkish people.” Yildirim stated that Ankara’s expectation that Washington extradite Fetullah Gulen, the US-based preacher who masterminded the July 15 coup attempt.
Earlier, Dunford visited the parliament building with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Hulusi Akar and was shown the bombed parts of the building. He also met with Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim discussed Monday with two opposition party leaders the decree laws passed under the state of emergency declared following the July 15 failed coup.
The Turkish Anadolu news Agency reported that Yildirim first met main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and later Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli.
“Kilicdaroglu shared some of his sensitivities, ideas, and concerns,” Yildirim told reporters after their meeting at CHP headquarters in the capital Ankara. later, Yildirim met the Nationalist Movement Party’s Bahceli at the Turkish parliament.
In the meantime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent letters to the leaders of three major political parties inviting them to attend and speak at the Democracy and Martyrs Rally set for Sunday in Istanbul.
The massive rally was announced by Erdogan Saturday, billed as an event that would attract participation from citizens, political leaders, top military officers, musicians, and athletes.
Turkey’s government has repeatedly said the deadly July 15 coup attempt, which martyred more than 230 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, was organized by followers of US-based preacher Fetullah Gulen. (end) rs.ibi