Turkey's president tells the West to mind their own business

He was speaking at a commemoration for those killed and wounded during the failed military coup

Turkey's president tells the West to mind their own business

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Image: POOL / AP/Press Association Images

Turkey's president has told the EU and US to mind their own business after the West expressed concern over the crackdown on alleged coup perpetrators.

Following the failed military coup earlier this month, there was a purge of civil service, military, judiciary and education sectors, and the closure of hundreds of schools and dozens of media outlets.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to take all steps "within the limits of the law" as Turkey seeks legal retribution for those suspected of involvement.

Speaking at an event in Ankara yesterday he announced he was dropping hundreds of lawsuits against individuals accused of insulting him, in what he described as a gesture of goodwill.

Earlier this year, authorities said over 2,000 people were being prosecuted on charges of insulting the president.

In his speech, Erdogan also lashed out at the West for failing to show solidarity with Ankara over the failed coup attempt: "Mind your own business! Look at your own deeds."

He also complained that no Western or EU leaders had visited Turkey in the wake of the coup.

"Not a single person has come to give condolences [...] they say that 'Erdogan has got so angry'!

"Those countries or leaders who are not worried about Turkey's democracy, the lives of our people, its future - while being so worried about the fate of the putschists - cannot be our friends."

The president also slammed the US, claiming it was not standing firmly against the failed coup in which over 200 people died.

More than 18,000 people have been detained since the attempt and over 3,500 of them have since been released. Over 66,000 people in the wider civil service have also been suspended from their jobs.

Turkey has demanded America extradites cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara suspects of being behind the July 15th plot to overthrow the leader.

Mr Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has denied any prior knowledge of the coup and the US has asked Turkey for evidence of his involvement. Washington also said the extradition process must take its course.

Additional reporting by IRN