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Turkish minister urges Kosovo to remove ‘FETO barrier’

We must get rid of this immediately, says Turkey’s visiting defense chief Hulusi Akar.
04.04.2019 - 17:49

Turkey's visiting defense minister called on Kosovo on Thursday to remove the barrier created by FETO, a terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, between the two countries.


Hulusi Akar’s remarks came following his meeting with Kosovar counterpart Rrustem Berisha as part of his official visit to to the capital Pristina.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

The two officials co-chaired a meeting between delegations after a one-on-one meeting. Addressing a joint news conference, Akar underlined the strong ties between Turkey and Kosovo. "Let us quickly remove the FETO barrier between us. We must get rid of this immediately," said Akar.

In 2018, Turkish intelligence officers, in cooperation with Kosovar intelligence, brought six alleged senior FETO members back to Turkey following operations against the terror group’s branch in the Balkans.