At least a thousand of Turkey’s 3,000 diplomats serve Gulen Movement, retired consulate Vahit Özdemir was quoted by the pro-government newspaper, Star in the latest of a prospective purge wave within state institutions.

Turkey has already suspended nearly 80,000 state workers, detained some 30,000 and arrested 15,000.

Claiming that diplomats with alleged ties to Gulen Movement do not properly explain the coup attempt to their foreign counterparts, Özdemir said the Prime Ministry may ask them to do so or suspend those who do not fit, in a circular letter.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed over 260 people and wounded more than a thousand people. Even before the intervention was yet to be repulsed, the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan along with the government officials accused the movement of masterminding the coup without an investigation.

The movement has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically elected administrations.