Istanbul: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the United States was Turkey`s “strategic partner, not our enemy”, after Ankara repeatedly criticised Washington for failing to extradite Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom it blames for the July 15 coup bid.
“There can be ups and downs in the two countries` relations (but) we need to remove elements that harm our relations,” Yildirim told journalists at a briefing in Istanbul, referring to Gulen.
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