Presidential aide: Ankara fending off economic coup attempt

Presidential aide: Ankara fending off economic coup attempt

Turkey is fending off an economic coup attempt, Turkish Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said, referring to the ongoing row with the United States.

“With the acumen of our nation and the leadership of our president, we are fending off this economic coup attempt. This dear nation will remember both those who stand with and against it in this process,” Altun said in a tweet on Aug. 16.

"We will never allow our industry to be affected negatively. Our strong industrial infrastructure and dynamic entrepreneurs are our most important support against internal and external attacks targeting our country," Hurriyet daily cited him as saying.

Commenting on the rise in Turkey's industrial output in June, Varank said the economy is going "robustly" as led by its industry.

Turkey's industrial production rose 3.2% this June compared to the same month last year, the country's statistics agency announced on Aug. 16.

"The 17.9% rise in high technology production is the mark of a trend we want to capitalize on," Varank added. The aid also said the recovery of the country's export markets and its buoyant tourism sector are contributing to industry.

Meanwhile, the country's Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said "necessary mesasures were taken against financial attacks."