After threatening a suffocating crisis, Erdogan retracted the expulsion of the ambassadors

After the crisis heralded international isolation and accelerated economic decline, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday abandoned his decision to expel 10 Western ambassadors who had called for the release of civilian activist Osman Kavala, who was jailed for 4 years without conviction.

Erdogan, after a long session of his government, justified his withdrawal from the decision that the ambassadors also “withdrew” from their position.

While the contents of the session have not been revealed, but according to observers, it is likely that he received a warning about the catastrophic consequences of a new crisis with Western countries, according to the American newspaper “The New York Times”.

A joint statement that the president did not like

These developments came after ambassadors from the United States, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden issued a joint statement on October 18 calling for the release of activist Kavala.

However, this position did not appeal to the Turkish president, who on Saturday threatened to expel the ambassadors. “I instructed our foreign minister to deal as quickly as possible with the declaration of these 10 ambassadors and to consider them persona non grata,” he said during a visit to central Turkey, using a diplomatic term that usually precedes expulsion.

Erdogan also described this statement on Monday as “contempt” for the “independent judiciary” in Turkey, according to the official news agency Anadolu.

After threatening a suffocating crisis, Erdogan retracted the expulsion of the ambassadors
Osman Kavala (archive photo from AFP)

vast fame

Interestingly, the threat that began on Thursday and repeated on Saturday has had a strong impact on the lira, hitting its all-time low of over £ 9.80 per dollar on Monday morning. in opening of traded before settling in range of 9.73, in 1 3 per cent decline against the dollar.

Businessman Osman Kavala was not known internationally before Turkish authorities arrested him at Istanbul airport on October 18, 2017, as he tried to leave the country, during a normal business trip. accused in relation to the Gezi protests in 2013 and the coup attempt in 2016.

However, these accusations have given him widespread fame, as America, European countries and the European Court of Human Rights have repeatedly called for his release.

Since 2017

Interestingly, Kavala, 64, has been behind bars since 2017, without being convicted, and faces a number of charges. in in relation to the Gezi protests of 2013 and the attempted coup in 2016.

Usman Kavala
Usman Kavala

After Erdogan’s comments, which raised fears of a new wave of tensions with the West, the Turkish lira continued to fall to historic lows against the dollar. It has lost a fifth of its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year and the annual inflation rate has reached nearly 20%, four times the government’s target.

While the “Eurasia Group” felt that Erdogan runs the risk of “dragging the Turkish economy in a crisis created by the president “.

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