Boris Johnson, foreign secretary, underlines support for democratic institutions in wake of events in Turkey "coup"

 
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Johnson said the UK embassy was monitoring events closely (Source: Getty)

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he's very concerned about the events that unfolded in Turkey last night as he underlined his support for its government.

He said this morning that he had spoken to Turkey's foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to underline UK support for the democratically elected government and institutions.

Last night he tweeted his concern over the events and said the embassy in Turkey was monitoring events closely.

He added that Britons should follow the foreign office website for advice.

That website says the following, as of 8:30 this morning: "There has been large scale military action in Turkey, with the military deployed to the streets and widespread reports of gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul. The situation now appears quieter in Istanbul, and the bridges across the Bosphorus are re-opening.

"But there are reports of tank fire and small arms fire in Ankara. Some flights to airports in Turkey are being diverted or cancelled. The road between Marmaris and Icmeler remains closed, following earlier reports of gunfire between the resorts of Marmaris and Icmeler. We strongly advise you to stay indoors, avoid public places, in particular demonstrations, and remain vigilant."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reasserted authority by stating the coup attempt was an act of treason.

Last night Ankara and Istanbul saw bomb attacks, air strikes and gunfire which left more than 60 people dead and many more wounded and injured.

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