Erdogan Cancels Expelling 10 Western Ambassadors

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday dropped a threat to expel 10 Western envoys over a joint statement they made in support of a jailed civil society leader.

The withdrawal came after the US and several other concerned countries issued similar statements saying they respected a UN convention that requires diplomats not to interfere in the internal affairs of the host nation.

After chairing a several-hour cabinet meeting to discuss the diplomatic tensions, Erdogan said the envoys had learned a lesson and “will now be more careful.”

“Our intention is clearly not to create a crisis but to protect our honor, our pride, sovereign rights,” Erdogan said in televised comments.

After the new developments, the lira bounced back from its lows and traded half a percent higher against the dollar.

Erdogan on Thursday (21/10) threatened the ambassadors and even named the 10 envoys “persona non grata” – in a statement broadcast on TV on Saturday (23/10). [vm/jm]

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