December 9, 2021

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Turkey has expelled ambassadors from 10 countries

Turkey was expelled by ambassadors from 10 countries, who demanded the release of imprisoned Turkish philanthropist Osman Kaval.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, on Saturday, that the ambassadors of ten countries in Turkey, who demanded the release of imprisoned Turkish philanthropist Osman Kaval, will be described as persona non grata. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.

“I have instructed our foreign minister to declare these 10 ambassadors persona non grata as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.

On Thursday, the Turkish president threatened to expel ambassadors from Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, the United States and Sweden.

The ambassadors issued a joint statement, Monday, stressing that the continuation of Kaval’s imprisonment casts a shadow over respect for democracy and the rule of law, as well as the transparency of the judiciary in Turkey, calling for a quick and just solution to the Kaval case.

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On Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned all the ambassadors who signed the statement.

Human rights groups and governments in some Western countries see Kavale’s prison as a symbol of Turkish President Erdogan’s growing intolerance of dissent.

Paris-born philanthropist and activist Kavala, 64, has been in prison since 2017, although he has not been convicted. His case caused tensions in Ankara’s relations with the West.

A Turkish activist faces several allegations of organizing and financing mass anti-government protests in 2013 and a failed military coup in 2016. Kavala denies all these allegations.

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