Turkey has warned the US on Tuesday not to sacrifice bilateral ties over Fethullah Gulen, Whom the country blames for the attempted coup that failed.
"If the US does not deliver Gulen, they will sacrifice relations with Turkey for the sake of a terrorist," Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Tuesday.
Turkey has tried to put pressure on Washington to extradite Gulen so that the 75-year-old cleric faces trial over the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan.
Gulen, however, strongly denies Turkey’s accusation and says “Turkey had failed to provide proof to support its claim.”
“How would Washington react if a person responsible for violence in the US was being hosted by Turkey?” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag asked rhetorically.
"What if there was an attempted assassination of (President Barack) Obama while he was on holiday with his wife and children, if the White House was bombed, if tanks were driven over people, if soldiers shot at people from helicopters and the terrorist head responsible for all this was in Turkey?" he added.
The attempt to oust Erdogan took place while he was on a family trip in southern Turkey and saw both the parliament and the surroundings of presidential palace bombed from the air.
US-Turkey relations have been negatively impacted by the incident and anti-US sentiments have been provoked because the Turkish people blame Washington for the failed coup.
Turkish government has come under heavy criticism from Western countries over the extent of the crackdown and the number of people detain because of their supposed links with the coup.