Azerbaijan's participation in D-8 summit is of strategic importance

Azerbaijan's participation in D-8 summit is of strategic importance

President Tayyip Erdogan´s spokesman said last week Topuz had been in contact with a leading suspect in last year´s failed military coup.

In reaction to the employee s arrest, the U.S. ambassador October 8 announced the suspension of all visa services in Turkey, except immigrant visas. Turkey retaliated by halting visa services in the US for Americans.

The US delegation has asked Ankara for information and evidence regarding the detained staff, private broadcaster Haberturk reported.

Turkey's Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday the talks with the United States over a diplomatic row were now moving in a "good direction".

Addressing a news conference in Ankara on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said we will cooperate with the U.S. if their demands meet the rules of Turkish constitution.

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However, a Turkish official said the talks were proceeding in a "positive" manner and that representatives for both sides agreed to keep talking.

Cavusoglu said Turkey's Ankara-based government supports cooperation with the USA, but that the Turkish judiciary is independent. Gulen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied the charges and condemned the coup.

Gulen, who has been living in self-exile in the U.S. since 1999, stands accused of heading a network dubbed by the Turkish authorities as the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), which allegedly orchestrated last year's coup.

Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 150,000 people from their jobs on suspicion of links to the Gulen network, prompting criticism from rights groups, the United States and the European Union that Ankara is undermining free speech and democracy.

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