US Secretary John Kerry spoke Saturday evening with his counterpart Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, stressing that claims the US had any role in the failed coup attempt are “utterly false.”
According to US State Department spokesperson John Kirby, Cavusoglu provided an update on events in Turkey, and made clear the Turkish government remains in control of state institutions, as well as thanking the US for its support.
For his part, Kerry reiterated US support for the democratically elected government in Turkey, for the rule of law and for the need for authorities to take all necessary precautions to safeguard civilian life and property as they respond to this attempted coup.
Kirby said that Kerry also urged restraint by the Turkish government and respect for due process — and its international obligations — as it investigates and uncovers additional information about those involved.
“He (Kerry) made clear that the United States would be willing to provide assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation, but that public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations,” said Kirby.
Finally, both ministers discussed Turkey’s importance as both a NATO ally and a key member of the coalition to defeat Da’esh, and stressed the need to stay focused on ensuring operational support to those efforts continue unabated, Kirby said.