US State Secretary John Kerry to visit Turkey on August 21


ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleged that US State Secretary John Kerry will visit Turkey on August 21. It would be the first trip by a top Western dignitary since a failed attempt.

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In context of attempted military takeover on July 15, Kerry's visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Ankara.

Turkey state has claimed the expulsion of Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen who was charged for masterminding the coup.

Turkey government has concocted a crackdown in connection of its wake that has seen more than 60,000 individuals inside the military, legal, common administration and training division rejected, kept or put under scrutiny.

"I think their secretary of state is coming on the 21th (August)," Erdogan said yesterday.
“Within the next two weeks, a delegation led by Turkey's foreign and justice ministers would also travel to the US to explain Gulen's alleged involvement in the coup bid,” he added.

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An arrest warrant has been issued by the Istanbul Court today against Gulen, accusing him of ordering the coup aimed at ousting Erdogan.