ANKARA

The Turkish foreign minister on Thursday said Turkey is stronger and more independent since the July 15, 2016 defeated coup.

Speaking at an event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mevlut Cavusoglu called on countries, where activities of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization’s (FETO) still continue, to get rid of them.

“For your national security, for the future of your children, leave the traitors before it is too late,” he said.

Noting that Turkey has emerged stronger by clearing traitors from the state, Cavusoglu said: “We are proud to be a part of the nation” that failed the coup attempt.

“We are fighting against FETO in every corner of the world, and we will continue to do so. We ended the activities of FETO affiliated schools in 42 countries. We have ensured the deportation of many FETO members from many countries,” he added.

He thanked the Uzbekistan administration for measures it took against the terrorist organization.

Turkey marks July 15 as Democracy and National Unity Day with events nationwide to commemorate those who lost their lives beating back the putschists, and remember the bravery of the nation.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Copyright 2021 Anadolu Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.