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.”
As of today, Osman Kavala has been detained for four years. His ongoing case has cast a shadow over democracy and rule of law in Turkey.
— U.S. Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) October 18, 2021