Turkey's Erdogan Orders Expulsion Of 10 Ambassadors
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Sun 24th October 2021 | 12:00 AM
Ankara, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2021 ) :Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told his foreign minister to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries including Germany and the United States who appealed for the release of a jailed civil society leader.
The escalating row with the Western countries -- most of which are also NATO allies -- caps a torrid week for Turkey in which it was added to a global money-laundering and terrorism-financing blacklist and its Currency plunged over fears of economic mismanagement and the risk of hyperinflation.
"I have ordered our foreign minister to declare these 10 ambassadors as persona non grata as soon as possible," Erdogan said, using a diplomatic term meaning the first step before expulsion.
"They must leave here the day they no longer know Turkey," he said, accusing them of "indecency".
Several European countries were quick to react to Erdogan's statement.
"Our ambassador has not done anything that would justify the expulsion," Norwegian foreign ministry spokeswoman Trude Maseide told media in her home country, vowing to continue pressing Turkey on human rights and democracy.