Claims about the role of the Fetullah Gulen Terror Organization in Turkey’s foiled coup attempt on July 15 are not “total nonsense”, a senior European official has said.
Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the European Commission, was quoted in an interview with a Belgian magazine published on Tuesday saying U.S. investigations had pointed to "growing indications that the [Gulen] movement certainly played a role".
"It is now clear that what [Turkish] President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says about the role of the Gulen movement in the coup is not total nonsense," Timmermans added.
The European official also said: “I think the Turks have a point when they say that there was very little empathy from the outside world in the foiled coup.”
He also said Europe could have been “more generous in our support” and said it “underestimated what took place” in Turkey.
Timmermans' statement is the first time a senior European Commission official has spoken of Gulen’s involvement in the coup attempt.
Turkey has said the Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO), which is otherwise called the parallel state structure (PDY), was behind the endeavored overthrow which brought about the passings of 246 individuals.
The gathering drove by Fetullah Gulen is said to be behind a long-running effort to topple the state through the invasion of Turkish establishments, especially the military, police and legal.
Ankara has ventured up requests for Gulen's removal from the U.S. condition of Pennsylvania since July 15.