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Germany 'concerned' by Turkey envoy expulsion threat

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Germany 'concerned' by Turkey envoy expulsion threat

Germany expressed concern on Monday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to expel the German  ambassador to Ankara, along with those of nine other countries, over their  support for opposition figure Osman Kavala. 

   "We are concerned and puzzled by the comments made by the Turkish  president," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters. 

  He said Berlin was in "close consultation with partners who are affected by  similar threats", while noting there had not been any "formal notification  from the Turkish side". 

   If Erdogan expelled the diplomats, it would not be "in line" with the two  countries' "close bilateral relationship" and their cooperation within NATO,  Seibert said. 

   Erdogan decided Saturday to declare the ambassadors of 10 countries,  including Germany and the United States, "persona non grata" for a joint  statement backing the jailed Kavala.

   The envoys' highly unusual joint declaration last week said the continued  detention of the Parisian-born philanthropist and activist "cast a shadow"  over Turkey's democracy and the judicial system.

  The 64-year-old civil society leader and businessman has been detained  without a conviction for four years.

  Supporters view Kavala as a symbol of growing intolerance of political  dissent by Erdogan since he survived a failed military putsch in 2016.

   Expulsion orders are officially issued by foreign ministries and none of  the Western capitals had reported receiving one by Monday.

 

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