Ankara: Turkey today said 32 Turkish diplomats were still missing despite being recalled by Ankara in the wake of last month’s failed coup seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Thirty-two of the 208 diplomats recalled to Turkey did not come back to Turkey,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters during a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Ankara.
He said Ankara had information that some had fled to other countries using different means including air travel in the weeks after a rogue military faction tried to remove President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power on July 15. Cavusoglu said that two officials working in Bangladesh had fled to the United States after being recalled while another returned to the ministry in Turkey. Some officials asked to remain in the countries where they were working, the minister said, adding the ministry had given permission for some to stay.
bbgThe minister also confirmed that a Turkish rear admiral had gone missing in the United States in July. Rear Admiral Mustafa Zeki Ugurlu working on a NATO base in Virginia had sought asylum in the US after he was dismissed from the armed forces for links to the putsch bid, according to state-run news agency Anadolu earlier this week. (AFP)
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