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Turkey urges Cambodia to close Zaman schools, alleges influence in the coup attempt

The Turkish government on Monday requested Cambodia to shut down the Zaman schools, accusing the educational institutions for having affiliation with Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses for the June 15 coup attempt.

Published: 22nd August 2016 02:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2016 02:32 PM   |  A+A-

Turkey Coup protest_AP

Pro-government supporters protest against the attempted coup. (AP)

By IANS

ANKARA: The Turkish government on Monday requested Cambodia to shut down the Zaman schools, accusing the educational institutions for having affiliation with Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses for the June 15 coup attempt.

Turkey's Ambassador to Cambodia Ilhan Kemal Tug made the request during a meeting with the country's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.

"The Turkish ambassador briefed the minister about the latest situation in Turkey and raised the government's request to shut down the Zaman schools in Phnom Penh," the official said.

According to the spokesman, Cambodia condemned the Turkey coup last month, and promised to take the request into consideration.

There are three Zaman school campuses in Cambodia, along with a university serving over 2,000 students.



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