Turkey’s former prime minister has said he’s willing to testify to the Senate about alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow the government.
In an interview published on Wednesday, Ahmet Davutoglu said he has no doubt that he has been “working with the Turkish intelligence agency” in helping the US “confront the coup”.
“I am convinced that I am a part of the operation,” Davutovsay said.
“I’m not saying that the operation has taken place.
But I can say that I’m a part, because I have a connection with the US.”
It’s true that I have information on the plot.
But my personal connection is with the intelligence agency, because they’re working with me, and we are working together.
“It’s a clear case of an operation with Turkish complicity, and I can confirm that it has taken shape.”
“The coup plotters want to establish a dictatorship and to create a fascist society.
They want to change the constitution and to change all the rules of the state,” he added.
Davutoglu’s comments came after US intelligence agencies released a video of Davutuoglu in a meeting with US officials.
The video showed Davutoğu telling the US officials that he had information about a plot against the government, but he added that it had not been confirmed by Turkish authorities.
Davyutoglu has denied any involvement in the plot and claimed that his son, Fethullah Gulen, was the mastermind behind the attempt.
Davautoglu and his son were both detained in the US after a failed coup attempt in 2016, but both were eventually released.
In a separate interview published Wednesday, Davututoglu called on US President Donald Trump to extradite him to face trial for treason and said the former prime ministers role in the attempted coup had been a “great blessing” for Turkey.
“The Turkish prime minister is the most important person in the world.
He’s the person who has played a great role in Turkey and is a true friend of Turkey,” Davutoğlu said.
Davanoglu said the coup plot had failed and that Turkey was now living through “a tragedy”.
“If I’m the prime minister of a country, it would be a great tragedy if it failed.
But the country is living through a tragedy.
We have to bear with this.”