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Turkey’s Erdogan orders 10 ambassadors declared ‘persona non grata’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors — including from the United States, Germany and France — ‘persona non grata’ for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.

The foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors on Tuesday for what it said was an “irresponsible” statement calling for a just and speedy resolution to Kavala’s case. He has been in prison since late 2017, charged with financing protests and participating in a failed coup, which he denies.

(Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Peter Graff)



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