Fehmi Koru made statements about FETÖ’s visit to the USA to meet with Fetullah Gülen right after the 17-25 December operations. Koru said that he did not want to go to the USA, but was persuaded by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Abdullah Gul.
Journalist Fehmi Koru, who went to Fetullah Gülen in Pennsylvania as a mediator during the first split between the Gülen community and the AK Party government and brought the letter he received from him to the then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, explained how he decided to go.
Koru, who participated as a guest on Ali Tarakçı’s ‘Realtivi’ channel on Youtube, said, “Probably other names have been pronounced for mediation. He made such a request from me because he saw me more appropriate.” Koru also said, “I was the editor-in-chief and Ankara representative of Zaman newspaper.
Some of Fehmi Koru’s statements are as follows:
When I said that I should go somewhere and write down the notes I took during my speeches there, Gülen said, ‘You don’t need to do such a thing. I will write a letter and you will take it,” he said. I didn’t stay there either. After the interview, I went to New York. They brought me the letter to New York. Yes, I went with Alaaddin Kaya (the concessionaire of Zaman newspaper, imprisoned) to meet Gülen. But I did not return with him. He accompanied me only on the departure part of this trip.
Was it because he was a name close to Gülen?
“No. On the contrary, I know that they had a very open relationship with Gülen at that time. Alaaddin Kaya was the concessionaire of Zaman newspaper. I am the Ankara representative. They called from the printing house and said, ‘There is something strange, Fehmi Bey. The rock was removed from franchise ownership.
Because Erdogan knows me close to him. And he knows I know them. He knows I have a history with them too. So probably other names have been pronounced for mediation. He made such a request from me because he saw me as more suitable. I didn’t even want to admit it. I didn’t see it as a task suitable for me, but I was convinced. As a result, when it is said that such a task should be done, at the highest level, by the President and the Prime Minister. I already talked to both of them before I went. This departure, the emergence of something called ‘FETO’, which Turkey took with the decision of the state after 17-25, is something that happened later. I don’t think anyone thought of the existence of such a structure at that time.”