Erdoğan to visit Moldova after Turkish teachers expelled

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to visit Moldova this month following the expulsion of seven Turkish teachers linked to the Gülen movement, a secretive Islamist sect that Ankara says carried out the 2016 failed coup attempt, Balkan Insight reported.

Moldovan President Igor Dodon said Erdoğan would visit the capital Chisinau on Oct. 17 for the opening of the presidential palace, which was renovated with funds from Ankara. Turkish companies began renovations on the Moldovan presidency building in February, in a contract worth 10 million euros.

The visit comes weeks after seven Turkish teachers were expelled from the country accused of terrorism-related activities in a joint operation by the Turkish and Moldovan intelligence agencies.

As well as arresting tens of thousands of people linked to the Gülen movement at home, Turkey has put pressure on governments across the world to close the group’s many schools and attempted to extradite or snatch its members abroad.