Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced today, Monday, the end of the crisis of considering ambassadors of 10 countries persona non grata in his country, after they confirmed that they would not interfere in Turkey’s affairs again.
Erdogan said, during a televised speech aired state-run TV in Ankara, that those ambassadors retreated their statements of 10 countries that targeted the Turkish judiciary and the sovereign rights of our country of the ambassadors.”
The ambassadors stressed the need not to interfere in the Turkish judiciary, according to the Turkish “Anatolia Agency”.
Erdogan expressed his confidence that the ambassadors who affirmed their commitment to Article 41 of the Vienna Convention will be more cautious in their statements, affirming that the end of the crisis after pledging their commitment not to interfere in Turkish internal affairs.
The United States of America (USA), France, Germany, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, in a joint statement, last Monday, called for Kavala’s release; considering that his continued detention raises doubts about democracy and the rule of law in Turkey.
On his part, Erdogan ordered the Foreign Ministry to expel the ambassador of the United States and nine ambassadors of other Western countries for calling for the release of Turkish businessman Osman Kavala, while the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the ten ambassadors and described the statement as irresponsible.
On October 23, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyib Erdogan declared that the ambassadors of 10 countries to his country as “persona non grata” over their demand for the release of Turkish dissident Osman Kavala.
Concerning the ten ambassador’s statement about Kavala, Erdogan said these ambassadors should know and understand Turkey, on the day they do not know or understand Turkey, they must leave.
He added that he referred the matter to Foreign Minister, and he will immediately deal with declaring these 10 ambassadors persona non grata.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of ten countries, including the United States of America (USA), Germany and France, and others, following a joint statement calling for the release of businessman Osman Kavala, according to “Anadolu”, the Turkish official news agency.
In the statement shared by some of these embassies, the countries stated that the Kavala case “casts a shadow over respect for democracy” in Turkey.
It is reported that Kavala was arrested four years ago without being convicted.
This October, Kavala, a Turkish businessman and human rights activist, appeared for his third trial in four years of detention on charges of conspiring against the government, which Amnesty International organization described as “comical”.