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Turkey seeks Indonesia’s support in Gulen purge

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 29, 2016   /  08:11 am
Turkey seeks Indonesia’s support in Gulen purge Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Ankara, Turkey, on July 20. (Pool via AP/Kayhan Ozer)

The Turkish Embassy in Jakarta has said that it hopes the Indonesian government will support Ankara’s fight against a “terrorist organization” led by Fethullah Gulen, the alleged mastermind behind the recent failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“As the embassy, we have for long been expressing our concerns on the activities of the FETÖ terrorist organization here in Indonesia to top Indonesian officials,” the embassy said in a statement released on Thursday, referring to the Gulen movement.  

The embassy named nine Indonesian educational institutions it said were affiliated to the exiled Muslim cleric, who now lives in the US. The schools are Pribadi Bilingual boarding school in Depok, Pribadi bilingual boarding school in Bandung, Kharisma Bangsa bilingual boarding school in South Tangerang, Semesta bilingual boarding school in Semarang, Kesatuan Bangsa bilingual boarding school in Jogjakarta, Sragen bilingual boarding school in Sragen, Fatih boy’s school in Aceh, Fatih girl’s school in Aceh and Banua bilingual boarding school in South Kalimantan.

“It is noteworthy to state that after the coup attempt perpetrated by the FETÖ terrorist organization, a number of countries decided to shut down the schools affiliated to it,” the embassy said. “Among these are Jordan, Azerbaijan, Somalia and Niger. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus authorities decided to list PDY/FETÖ as a terrorist organization. We appreciate the true solidarity of these countries.

“We expect and count on the support of” the Indonesian people and government in our fight against the FETÖ terrorist organization, the statement said. (ary)

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