NATO chief hails Turkish democracy after coup bid

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Brussels—NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg hailed Turkish democracy Monday during a NATO meeting in Istanbul just four months after the July 15 coup attempt that martyred 248 and wounded more than 2,000. “I would just also remind us all of the fact that we are meeting here in Turkey four shorts months after the failed coup attempt,” NATO Secretary- General Jens Stoltenberg told the 62nd session of the alliance’s Parliamentary Assembly.
“This should be a sober reminder to us all, a reminder that democracy and freedom cannot be taken for granted,” he added. “In September, I visited the Grand National Assembly in Ankara which had been shelled by tanks and bombed by F16. I saw the damage that was done and I met members of the parliament from all major political parties. They rushed to the parliament on the night of the coup attempt and stood together in defense of their democratic institutions,” Stoltenberg said.
“I want to salute them today for their courage and dedication to democracy,” he added.—Agencies