Friday, August 5, 2016

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming to visit Turkey

DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL – Aug. 4, 2016

The Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming is expected to visit Turkey to express his country's support for Turkey following the failed coup attempt, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. According to the ministry, Zhang Ming will be visiting Turkey from August 3 to 6 to convey the Chinese administration support message to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the government led by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. Ming is also expected to hold meetings with his counterparts in the foreign ministry, and will also visit the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens, succeeded on July 15 in quelling a coup attempt, launched by a small military junta linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ). Turkey's government has repeatedly said the deadly coup attempt, which killed more than 230 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, was organized by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen's followers. Gülen is also accused of running a campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.

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