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25 Oct 2021

Turkey’s President Erdogan Threatens to Expel Western Ambassadors over Osman Kavala

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The U.S ambassador along with other top envoys have asked for the release of Osman Kavala, a renowned philanthropist who has been jailed in Turkey since 2107. In response, the Turkish president Erdogan has threatened to expel and severe ties with all or any ambassador supporting the release.

He stated during a rally on Saturday, “These 10 ambassadors must be declared personae no gratae at once. I give the necessary order to our foreign minister and said what must be done. These people will come to understand Turkey.”

Turkey’s relationship with the West has deteriorated notably after it reconciled with Russia and went forward with the purchase of Russian anticraft system. If Turkey’s President stands by his threat to expel ambassadors, relationship between the country and the West would further worsen. Turkey relies heavily on its allies which are a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO.

A joint statement was signed by the ambassadors of U.S, Canada, New Zealand and other European countries asking for the released of the Mr. Kavala after spending four years in detention despite The European Court of Human Rights ruling in his favor and requesting for him to be freed. Relationships between Turkey and the U.S remain strained after President Biden was unable to meet with Erdogan at the UN General Assembly, causing anger and dismay.

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