Turkish FM: US Working on Extraditing Gulen

White House: Trump never promised extradition

In comments on Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the US is working on extraditing cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey. Gulen has been living in the US in exile since the 1990s.

Cavusoglu claimed the efforts have been ongoing since at least the G20 summit, at which he says President Trump promised Turkish President Erdogan that an extradition would be worked out.

The White House is disputing this, however, saying that Trump had never committed to or promised an extradition would happen. Officials did not say what the administration’s position is.

Recent media reports appear to support the Turkish claims, as recently it has been reported that Trump was telling federal law enforcement agencies to find a legal way to extradite Gulen, believing that was the key to improving US-Turkey relations. At the time, reports said that many officials were unhappy with this.

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