State Department appreciated Turkey’s intention to expel American ambassador

US Department of State Building - 1920, 10/24/2021

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 – The US State Department is aware of the messages about Ankara’s intention to send ambassadors of a number of countries, including the American one, and in this regard is seeking clarity from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, an official of the State Department said on Saturday.

“We have read these reports and are seeking clarity from the Turkish Foreign Ministry,” a senior diplomat told the agency in response to a request to comment on Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s statement regarding the expulsion of ambassadors from a number of countries.

The embassies of 10 countries – Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States – earlier called on Turkey to liberate Kavala. After that, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the call of the ambassadors of these countries, they were reminded of the need to observe the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Following this, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that he had instructed the Turkish Foreign Ministry to declare ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, who had called for the release of human rights activist Osman Kavala, persona non grata.
Osman Kavala is a well-known Turkish human rights activist, founder of the cultural foundation Anadolu Kültür AŞ, which, in particular, supports projects of ethnic and religious minorities, often with an international focus, including reconciliation between the Turkish and Armenian populations and the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish issue.
In February 2020, a Turkish court acquitted Kavala on charges of involvement in an attempted overthrow of the government in the 2013 Istanbul Gezi Park protests, but the Istanbul prosecutor’s office issued a new arrest warrant on the same day. New charges were brought against Kavala, this time for participating in a coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016.

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