Aug 19 2018

Trump will agree to an extradition hearing for Fethullah Gülen - The Weekly Standard

American diplomats are quietly attempting to work out a solution for the dispute between Turkey and the United States and President Donald Trump will agree to an extradition hearing for U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, the Weekly Standard said on Saturday.

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) allege that Gülen is the head of a terrorist organisation that orchestrated the coup attempt in 2016, and has repeatedly announced its delivery of extradition requests to U.S. authorities.

Tensions between Turkey and the United States have reached a peak this summer over U.S. citizens jailed in Turkey including U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s refusal to bow to U.S. pressure and release the prisoners has led to a round of threats, sanctions and tariff hikes sent the lira plummeting to record lows.

“The diplomats who play corner men to the battling pugilists are quietly attempting to negotiate a solution that will salve the egos of both presidents, and preserve a partnership that is important to both countries,” the Weekly Standard said, adding that Trump’s advisor John Bolton has been meeting with Ankara’s ambassador to Washington to work out a solution.

As a solution, President Trump will agree to an extradition hearing for Fethullah Gülen and President Erdoğan will respond by trying, convicting, and then deporting Brunson, according to the Weekly Standard.