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.
The statement included Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, the United States, France, and Germany, according to the official Turkish agency.
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”.