As Turkey continues its crackdown after the failed coup attempt in July, some of the country's allies find themselves in a difficult position.

The Turkish labour minister accused the United States of being behind the coup attempt by harbouring the alleged mastermind of the failed coup, Fethullah Gulen. Even the Turkish president went so far as to say the US is supporting terror by backing a Kurdish group in Syria related to the PKK.

Meanwhile, deliberations on whether to reinstitute the death penalty may strain relations with the European Union, to which Turkey is attempting to accede.

In this Web extra, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek discusses the country's relations with the US and EU, calling ties to the US "strong" and adding that Turkey sees "value in converging with the EU".

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Source: Al Jazeera News