Turkey Will Expel 10 Diplomatic Personnel from Country, Including US Envoy

The man who was elected on his foreign policy strength is about to have yet another foreign policy disaster added to his resume.

The United States joined nine other countries in protesting the jailing of Osman Kavala.

The result of which has been Turkey expelling all of their diplomats, which would include the United States Envoy.

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Kavala has been in prison since 2017, with no formal charges having been brought against him to this point.

Recently, some major powers penned a letter encouraging his release.

In addition to the United States, France. Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and New Zealand all signed the letter.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded by kicking their diplomatic personnel out of the country.

He stated, “I gave the instruction to our foreign minister and said, ‘You will immediately handle the persona non grata declaration of these 10 ambassadors.’

“They will recognize, understand and know Turkey. The day they don’t know or understand Turkey, they will leave.”

Kavala had been acquitted of charges related to a 2013 protest, but the ruling was overturned as well as new charges added, but no firm trial date has been set.

The United States embassy condemned the practice, stating, “The continuing delays in his trial, including by merging different cases and creating new ones after a previous acquittal, cast a shadow over respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish judiciary system.”

This is already the second time the United States has run into major diplomatic problems, with France having recalled its diplomats after Biden undermined a defense contract it had in place with another nation.

Source: New York Post

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