President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone Friday about the attempted military coup in Turkey, according to a summary of the call released by the White House.
The Associated Press reported Friday that the Turkish military had “fully seized control of the country.” But the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disputed that, telling CNN Turk that the action was “an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces,” the agency said.
Obama and Kerry “agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed,” the call summary stated.
In a statement, Kerry said that he had spoken to the Turkish foreign minister and “emphasized the United States’ absolute support” for the country’s government and democratic institutions. “The secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey,” the White House said. “The president asked the secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds.”
Erdogan urged citizens to take to the streets to protest the attempted coup while also adding that the military action would be met with a “necessary response,” Reuters reported.
Gunfire was reported outside military headquarters in the Turkish capital of Ankara with fighter jets flying above the city, and vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul.
According to the AP, the military said it took control “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated.”