Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters in an interview on Monday that the United States should “not harbor a terrorist” like cleric Fethullah Gulen and that his activities should be banned around the world. Turkey blames Gulen for a failed coup in July. Erdogan said a state of emergency declared in the wake of the coup could be extended by parliament.
Erdogan also said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should not be part of a transitional government and that Syria’s territorial integrity should be respected by other countries. On the European Union, Erdogan said: “Turkey has kept its promises regarding the EU membership process … it is a two way street and the EU should fulfill its promises.
“We have not concluded this process … we want the EU to be honest about this process,” he said during the interview on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.