Boris Johnson urges calm after attempted coup

Foreign minister Boris Johnson spoke to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday (16) when he offered the Turkish government his full support following an attempted military coup in the country.

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.

“(We) remain very concerned about what’s been going on there,” he told broadcasters on Saturday (16). “First thing to say obviously is we want to urge calm, the avoidance of any further bloodshed and it is crucial that we support the democratic institutions of Turkey.”

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.