ANKARA

In the wake of the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, China stood with the democratically elected Turkish government and Turkish people, said Ankara’s envoy to Beijing on Thursday.  

“It was important to witness in this difficult time the sincere support of our true friends,” said Abdulkadir Emin Onen, Turkey’s ambassador to Beijing, referring to the Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Ming’s visit to Turkey after the coup attempt.  

His remarks came at an online panel discussion on the cooperation between China and Turkey. 

Onen recalled members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) targeted civilians using air and ground vehicles on July 15, 2016, and attempted to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

“At that critical time, China stood with the Turkish government,” he added. 

He also stressed that FETO is still active in 160 countries and poses a direct security threat to all of them, saying: “No country in the world, including China, should be a safe haven for FETO members.” 

The Turkish Communication Directorate on Thursday released the Chinese part of the “15 Panels on 15 July” webinar series, which is about the defeated coup in 2016. 

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“If you look at the July 15 failed coup attempt from different perspectives, you would see that it was one of the plans that the US had been preparing to change the government in Turkey,” said Guo Changgang, the director of Shanghai University Global Research Center.

Turkey’s Presidential Security and Foreign Policy Committee member and Rector of Altinbas University. Dr. Cagri Erhan warned all the countries against FETO and said the group uses religion as a kind of camouflage in its structuring of education, business and non-governmental organizations around the world.  

“We should take more steps against this global terrorist organization,” he stressed.

The U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen’s shadowy group FETO is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, for carrying a long secretive campaign to infiltrate state instutitons and orchestrating the coup attempt in 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. 

*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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