News ID: 155249
Published: 1042 GMT July 18, 2016

Iran’s Rouhani hails return of stability to Turkey

Iran’s Rouhani hails return of stability to Turkey

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani hails the return of stability and security to Turkey after a coup attempt against the Turkish government failed.

According to Rouhani’s Twitter account, the Iranian president held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Monday, voicing satisfaction over the restoration of calm to Turkey after an abortive military coup in the country.

The botched putsch began late on July 15, when a faction of the Turkish military blocked Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorus Bridge and strafed the headquarters of the Turkish intelligence agency and parliament in the capital.

Tanks, helicopters and soldiers clashed with police and people on the streets of the two main cities.

The Turkish president rushed back to Istanbul from a Mediterranean holiday and called on people to defy the coup plotters’ orders of a curfew and stage a rally in support of his government.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday updated the media on the number of people arrested or killed over the coup attempt, saying that more than 7,500 have been detained since the coup was declared over two days ago.

He also gave a new toll of the victims of the military-led coup attempt, saying 208 people were killed, including 145 civilians, 60 police and three soldiers, adding that 1,491 others were also wounded.

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