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Turkish Foreign Minister says FETO, mastermind of coup has ‘infiltrated’ India

He says that the “secretive transnational criminal network”, FETO which is present around the world, has infiltrated India through associations and schools

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Sushma Swaraj with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in New Delhi on Friday Image Source: The Hindu
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  • The Minister says that the “secretive transnational criminal network”, FETO which is present around the world, has infiltrated India through associations and schools
  • On July 15, the clandestine faction led by FETO within the Turkish Army attempted to stage a coup to overthrow the democratically elected government
  • The minister also expressed concern over the situation in Syria as Turkey is directly impacted by the conflict there and violence in the region

August 22,2016: During his first official visit to India, Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey claims that Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), blamed for the failed coup to topple President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, has “infiltrated” India.

He says that the “secretive transnational criminal network”, FETO which is present around the world, has infiltrated India through associations and schools.

“In all countries where FETO has a presence, we ask them to take immediate actions to remove them from their territories,” said the minister to PTI.

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After holding talks with Sushma Swaraj, the Turkish Foreign Minister said in an interview with PTI, “I have already taken up this issue with my counterpart.”

According to the PTI report, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian side is “sensitive” to Turkish concerns and Indian security agencies were “looking into” Ankara’s demand for closure of associations connected with FETO which were carrying out illegal activities.

Crowds cheers for Erdogan after unsuccesful military coup attempt. Image Source: www.voanews.com
Crowds cheers for Erdogan after unsuccesful military coup attempt. Image Source: www.voanews.com
  • On July 15, the clandestine faction led by FETO within the Turkish Army attempted to stage a coup to overthrow the democratically elected government.
  • More than 240 people died and over 1,500 others were injured as fallout of the failed coup.
  • The President of Turkey, Erdogan had blamed US-based cleric Gulen, who currently lives in self-imposed exile in the US, for the attempted coup last month.

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“We appreciate the prompt support to our democratically elected government by my Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Swaraj,” the minister added.

The minister also expressed concern over the situation in Syria as Turkey is directly impacted by the conflict there and violence in the region.

He said that the much-needed political transition in Syria is only possible if the international community works together. He also added that it is not only a prerequisite to end the conflict, but also essential to fight terrorism.

As sharing information and cooperating to eliminate all forms and manifestations of terrorism is important to eliminate the threat both the countries face, Cavusoglu said, “Therefore, exchange of information regarding these threats and bilateral and multilateral cooperation and solidarity against terrorism is crucial.”

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Actress Alia Bhatt To Be The Face of Nokia Phones in India

The Nokia phones print campaign with the actress went live on October 12 to mark the festive season

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Finnish company HMD Global that manufactures and markets Nokia smartphones on Monday roped in Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt as the face of Nokia devices in India.

“We are really excited to have Alia Bhatt as the face of Nokia phones. I am confident that in the coming together of Nokia phones and Alia Bhatt, we will further enhance the excitement around our new launches for our fans,” Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global, said in a statement.

The new festive campaign with Bhatt takes an affectionate and light-hearted look at the unique role played by a young person (and her Nokia smartphone) in making Diwali celebrations with her loved ones truly special, the company added.

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Alia Bhatt face of Nokia phones in India. Wikimedia Commons

The Nokia phones print campaign with the actress went live on October 12 to mark the festive season.

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“The young generation is relied upon by their loved ones for so many things that they do with just a few clicks on their phones — from paying a bill to capturing memories. This insight is at the core of our campaign and helps make Nokia phones relevant for these young consumers,” Mehta added. (IANS)