Turkish president orders removal of U.S. ambassador

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he's declared U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield, along with nine other foreign envoys, personae non gratae after they issued a joint statement earlier this week calling for the release of jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala, AP reports.

Driving the news: The embassies of the United States, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden wrote in the Oct. 18 statement that they "believe a just and speedy resolution to his case must be in line with Turkey’s international obligations and domestic laws."

  • "Noting the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights on the matter, we call for Turkey to secure his urgent release," the statement added.
  • Kavala has been held without a conviction since 2017. A court acquitted him in 2020 of charges related to nationwide anti-government demonstrations in 2013, but the decision was later overturned and his original charges were combined with separate charges involving a 2016 coup attempt, per AP.

What he's saying: “I gave the instruction to our foreign minister and said ‘You will immediately handle the persona non grata declaration of these 10 ambassadors,’” Erdogan said during a Saturday rally, according to AP.

  • "They will recognize, understand and know Turkey," he added. "The day they don’t know or understand Turkey, they will leave.”

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