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Obama Offers Turkey Aid in Investigation of Coup Attempt

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered aid to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the investigation of last week’s attempted coup.

The White House said Obama and Erdogan spoke by telephone Tuesday, four days after the coup attempt in Ankara. Obama made clear that the United States will “provide appropriate assistance” to the investigation.

The two men also discussed Turkey’s request that Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen be extradited from the U.S. to face charges that he was linked to the coup attempt. A White House spokesman did not give details about the U.S. position on Gulen’s possible extradition, except to say the decision will be made according to a longstanding treaty between Ankara and Washington.

In his phone call with Erdogan, Obama strongly condemned the coup attempt and urged that investigations and prosecutions related to the uprising be conducted in ways that reinforce public confidence in democratic institutions and the rule of law, according to the White House.

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