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Biden: US is Turkey’s closest ally

August 25, 2016 at 9:59 am

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (R) and US Vice President Joe Biden (L) hold a joint press conference after their meeting at Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey on August 24, 2016.

US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday that the United States is Turkey’s closest ally, pledging to provide all the support to the Turkish government.

 Sky News reported that Biden said the US will provide all the needed assistance by Turkey in its journey to reinforce democracy.

The Turkish government requested the extradition of oppositionist Fethullah Gülen, who lives in Pennsylvania and is accused of inciting the failed military coup. Biden said: “We have no reason to shelter someone who would attack an ally and try to overthrow a democracy.”

Biden pointed to the close cooperation with the Turkish authorities in this regard, but stressed: “We need to meet the legal standard requirement under our law.”