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Johnson gets first test as FM, reaffirms support for Turkish government

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 00:55

New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he's spoken to his Turkish counterpart about UK support for the country following a military coup attempt. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday (July 16) he had spoken to his counterpart in Turkey to underline the UK's support for the country's democratically elected government following an attempted military coup there. The former mayor of London, who became foreign minister under the new government of Prime Minister Theresa May this week, also called for calm after monitoring the situation through the night. Forces loyal to the Turkish government were fighting on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets. Johnson said he had spoken to his counterpart in Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to reassure him of Britain's support for the government and the country's institutions.

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Johnson gets first test as FM, reaffirms support for Turkish government

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 00:55