Kerry protests Turkish allegations of US support to the coup

Luxembourg (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry called his Turkish opposite number Saturday to offer US support in the wake of a failed coup but also to protest claims Washington had backed it.

The United States was quick to denounce the military revolt in its NATO ally Turkey and to express support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s elected government.

But some Turkish officials have reportedly suggested the United States was covertly sympathetic to the rogue military officers, a claim Kerry angrily denied.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said that Kerry had called Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for a second day running to promise US support in probing the putsch.

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