NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Turkey Orders Expulsion Of Envoys Of US, Germany, 8 Other Countries.

Turkey Orders Expulsion Of Envoys Of US, Germany, 8 Other Countries

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the envoys of "indecency". (File)

Ankara:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told his foreign minister to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries including Germany and the United States who appealed for the release of a jailed civil society leader.

The envoys issued a highly unusual joint statement on Monday saying the continued detention of Parisian-born philanthropist and activist Osman Kavala "cast a shadow" over Turkey.

The escalating row with the Western countries -- most of which are also NATO allies -- caps a torrid week for Turkey in which it was added to a global money-laundering and terrorism-financing blacklist and its currency plunged over fears of economic mismanagement and the risk of hyperinflation.

"I have ordered our foreign minister to declare these 10 ambassadors as persona non grata as soon as possible," Erdogan said, using a diplomatic term meaning the first step before expulsion.

"They must leave here the day they no longer know Turkey," he said, accusing them of "indecency".

Several European countries said late on Saturday they had received no official notification from Turkey.

"We are currently in intensive consultation with the nine other countries concerned," the German Foreign Ministry said.

"Our ambassador has not done anything that would justify the expulsion," Norwegian foreign ministry spokeswoman Trude Maseide told media in her home country.

She vowed to continue pressing Turkey on human rights and democracy -- comments echoed by Danish and Dutch officials.

'Speedy Resolution'

Kavala, 64, has been in jail without a conviction since 2017 on charges linked to 2013 anti-government protests and a failed military coup in 2016.

The Western ambassadors had called for a "just and speedy resolution" to his case.

But on Saturday, Erdogan described Kavala as the "agent in Turkey" of Hungary-born American billionaire George Soros -- a regular target of right-wing and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Kavala's supporters see him as a symbol of the sweeping crackdown Erdogan unleashed after surviving a 2016 coup attempt.

Kavala told AFP from his cell last week that Erdogan was trying to blame foreign conspiracy for opposition to his almost two-decade rule, particularly the 2013 nationwide protests sparked by plans to demolish Gezi park in Istanbul.

"Since I am accused of being a part of this conspiracy allegedly organised by foreign powers, my release would weaken the fiction," he said.

Kavala was acquitted of charges linked with the Gezi protests last year only to be re-arrested before he could return home over alleged links to the 2016 coup plot.

Human rights watchdog the Council of Europe has issued a final warning to Turkey to comply with a 2019 European Court of Human Rights order to release Kavala pending trial.

If it fails, Turkey could eventually have its voting rights or even its membership suspended.

- 'President-made crisis' -

Erdogan faces multiple challenges at home and abroad, with global financial misconduct watchdog FATF placing Turkey under surveillance for failing to properly combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

Erdogan passed anti-terror laws but they failed to impress FATF and critics said the new rules mostly targeted Turkish NGOs that promote pro-Kurdish causes and human rights.

The president's attacks on Kavala this week caused jitters in the markets with fears of a deepening confrontation with the West sending the lira slumping even further against the dollar.

Erdogan is in danger of "dragging the Turkish economy into a president-made crisis", Eurasia Group said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
Arthur Labinjo-Jones: Sentences to be reviewed as vigil remembers six-year-old.

Arthur Labinjo-Jones: Sentences to be reviewed as vigil remembers six-year-old.

THE grandad of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes last night said his killers must never go free — as Boris Johnson was poised to back a sentence review. Peter Halcrow, 61, hit out as a national probe was ordered into blunders over the tragic six-year-old. Ste...

Ric Grenell: California school system is 'unacceptable'.

Ric Grenell: California school system is 'unacceptable'.

Co-chairs of 'Fix California' Ric Grenell and Gloria Romero discuss their efforts to promote school choice through a ballot initiative in the 2022 California primary elections on 'The Next Revolution' #FoxNews #TheNextRevolution Subscribe to Fox N...

US to Host Summit for Democracy Amid Questions About Its Own.

US to Host Summit for Democracy Amid Questions About Its Own.

Gathering will bring together world leaders, civil society, and the private sector to counter authoritarianism, fight corruption and promote respect for human rights Originally published at -

Volcano on Java rains hot mud and ash on surrounding villages - DW News.

Volcano on Java rains hot mud and ash on surrounding villages - DW News.

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Java is spewing more ash after erupting on Saturday. At least 15 people have been killed by Mount Semeru's wrath, and thousands have fled their homes. The deadly outburst covered homes and villages with ash an...

LIVE: WHO provides update on Omicron at pandemic summit.

LIVE: WHO provides update on Omicron at pandemic summit.

LIVE: Experts from the World Health Organization hosts a pandemic ethics and policy summit where speakers include top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci. The WHO summit will cover a range of topics from resource allocation and prio...

1 18

Sky News Breakfast: Government reveals 10-year plan to tackle drug crime.

Sky News Breakfast: Government reveals 10-year plan to tackle drug crime.

On Sky News Breakfast with Kay Burley on Monday, December 6: - 'Nowhere to Hide' - the government reveals its 10-year plan to tackle drug 'kingpins'; - Thousands of residents in Northern England and Scotland are still without power as the UK prepa...