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Turkish Consul General in Jeddah Fikret Ozer

Jeddah- Turkish Consul General in Jeddah Fikret Özer revealed in a press conference on Sunday the primary results of the investigations on the foiled coup attempt that was carried out on July 15.

Özer indicated that the security forces have figured out how Fethullah Gülen plotted the coup to take over the government since 2007 in preparation to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He pointed out that Gülen’s followers control 40% of the Turkish army, including 70% of those who occupy high posts.

He also added that the number of those arrested from the army and police following the foiled coup has amounted to 13,000, regardless of those from other state institutions.

The Turkish Consul explained that the Islamic schools inaugurated earlier by Gülen in Turkish cities and other countries were just a cover for a critical intelligence scheme to overthrow the regime.

Notably, Gülen was a supporter for the Turkish President, who believed the former has extremist method of thinking that might affect the country; therefore, Gülen fled to the United States after Justice and Development Party controlled the reins of the state.

Moreover, Özer rejected Iranian false allegations regarding Saudi Arabia’s stance, stressing that Riyadh had a clear stance regarding the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

He said: “Saudi Arabia backed Turkey by handing over the Turkish military attaché in Kuwait, who intended to escape to Holland from Turkey to Dammam, then to Germany reaching Amsterdam.”

“Saudi Arabia supported Turkey by arresting the military attaché and handing him over to Turkey by a Saudi private jet and this is a source of gratitude for Saudi Arabia and its government,” he added.