Erdogan Retracts Threat to Expel 10 Western Ambassadors

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday withdrew his threat to expel 10 Western ambassadors over a joint declaration of support for a detained civil society leader.

“We believe that these ambassadors, who have fulfilled their commitment to Article 41 of the Vienna Convention, will now be more careful in their statements,” Erdogan said.

Last week, the envoys from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, and the United States appealed for a just and expeditious conclusion of Kavala’s case, as well as his “immediate release.”

“Our intention is absolutely not to create a crisis but to protect our honor, our pride, our sovereign rights,” Erdogan said.

The president’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, said that they are grateful for the leadership of Erdogan he has shown against the unacceptable statement issued by 10 embassies in Turkey. 

“His reaction to this disrespectful statement is a result of his commitment and sensitivity over our national sovereignty,” Altun said in a tweet.

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