Tayyip Erdogan, The President of Turkey said that he had told his foreign ministry to expel the envoys of the United States and 9 other Western countries for demanding the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.
As per details, The 7 of the envoys represents Turkey’s NATO allies and the expulsions, if carried out, would open the deepest rift with the West in Tayyip Erdogan’s 19 years in power.
Osman Kavala, a contributor to numerous civil society groups, has been in prison for 4 years, charged with financing nationwide protests in 2013 and with involvement in a failed coup in 2016, He has remained in detention while his latest trial continues, and denies the charges.
The envoys of Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand and the United States in a joint statement called for a just and speedy resolution to Osman Kavala’s case, and for his “urgent release”. They were summoned by the foreign ministry, which called the statement irresponsible.
Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in the northwestern city of Eskisehir that “I gave the necessary order to our foreign minister and said what must be done: These 10 ambassadors must be declared persona non grata (undesirable) at once. You will sort it out immediately,”
The Turkish President further said that “They will know and understand Turkey. The day they do not know and understand Turkey, they will leave,”
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