Biden to visit Turkey following coup attempt
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime survived a coup attempt last month and has since been cracking down on journalists, academics and the military in an effort to suppress what it sees as vestiges of the coup movement.
The White House said in a release that Biden's stop in Ankara will be part of a three-day trip that also includes visits to Latvia and Sweden.
“While in Ankara, the Vice President will meet with President Erdogan and Prime Minister Yildirim to discuss the U.S.-Turkey relationship and a range of issues of importance to both nations,” said a press release from the White House.
Tensions with the U.S. have mounted as Turkey calls for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim Turkish leader living in Pennsylvania who Erdogan has accused of masterminding the coup attempt.
The Obama administration says the extradition request will go through the proper legal channels.