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Sultan Erdoğan declares 10 ambassadors (US, France, Germany, etc.) to be "personae non grata" over joint statement supporting jailed activist

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares them "persona non grata" for urging an activist's release.




Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has ordered 10 ambassadors, including those from the US and France, be declared "persona non grata".


It follows a statement from the envoys calling for the urgent release of activist Osman Kavala.


He has been in jail for more than four years over protests and a coup attempt, although he has not been convicted.


Persona non grata can remove diplomatic status and often results in expulsion or withdrawal of recognition of envoys.


This week's statement on Mr Kavala jointly came from the embassies of the US, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.



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