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Cavusoglu tells Kerry FETO behind envoy murder

Turkish diplomatic sources say Cavusoglu, Kerry spoke on phone about Russian envoy's killing

Satuk Buğra Kutlugün   | 20.12.2016
Cavusoglu tells Kerry FETO behind envoy murder Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R)

Ankara

By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun

ANKARA

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) was behind Russian envoy Karlov's assassination.

According to Turkish diplomatic sources, Cavusoglu and Kerry had a phone conversation, during which the Turkish foreign minister informed his U.S. counterpart on Andrey Karlov's assassination and the assailant Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Cavusoglu informed Kerry that terrorist group FETO was behind the assassination of Russian envoy to Ankara, according to the sources.

The sources added that Kerry offered condolences to Cavusoglu and expressed sorrow about the incident.

Andrey Karlov died after being shot multiple times at an art exhibition in Ankara on Monday evening.

Karlov was delivering a speech when the assailant, 22-year-old policeman Altintas, opened fire on him.

U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen and his terrorist group FETO is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming a ‘parallel state’.

Two top diplomats also talked about the trilateral meeting that happened today in Moscow between Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers.

In the meeting, a joint declaration was agreed on to find a solution in Syria.

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