Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday gave the U.S an ultimatum following Ankara's repeated requests for the extradition of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused of orchestrating the July 15 defeated coup, Anadolu Agency reported.
"Sooner or later the U.S will make a choice. Either Turkey or FETO”, Erdogan said.
"Either the coup-plotting terrorist FETO or the democratic country Turkey. It has to make this choice”, he said, referring to the Gulen-led Fethullah Terrorist Organization that Ankara accused of mounting the bloody coup attempt through rogue elements within the military.
The president's remarks came as he addressed a mass crowd in front of the Presidential Palace in the capital – one of the locations attacked on the night of the coup attempt.
The gathering in Ankara was the last night of daily pro-democracy rallies, which has been held since July 15.
The daily rallies, which have attracted hundreds of thousands wishing to show their opposition to the foiled July 15 coup, culminated Sunday in a rally in Istanbul that 5 million people are thought to have attended, according to local officials.
Erdogan warned citizens, however, to stay constantly vigilant as "betrayal can come from anywhere and anyone".