Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expel the ambassadors of the United States, Germany and eight other Western countries after they condemned the imprisonment of Osman Kavala, a civil society leader, the AFP news agency reported reported.

The ambassadors of 10 Western countries issued a joint statement on Monday through their social media accounts, saying that Kavala’s continued detention “cast a shadow” over Turkey.

In their statement, the US, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden called for a “just and speedy resolution to (Kavala)’s case”.

Several days after this call, Erdogan said the following: “I told our foreign minister that we cannot have the luxury of hosting them in our country.”