Tourists visit the Ottoman-era Sultanahmet mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Turkey is seeking the extradition of 32 diplomats who went on the run after they were recalled by Ankara as part of investigations into last month's failed coup attempt, the foreign minister said Friday.Turkish authorities have arrested, detained or dismissed tens of thousands of people, including military personnel, civil servants, judges and teachers, following the July 15 coup bid, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed on a network led by a U.S.-based preacher. Erdogan demands that the preacher be extradited to Turkey, saying Washington must choose between Turkey and Gulen, in a case that has strained Ankara's relations with Washington.Cavusoglu said Turkey had sent documents to the United States and had received positive signals about the case, without giving any details. He said a U.S. Department of Justice team would visit Turkey later this month. The military has ousted four governments in the past 60 years.
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