This came in response to a call by those countries to release opposition businessman Osman Kavala. Is Erdogan really heading to expel ambassadors and declare a diplomatic battle with 10 countries at once?
In a consolidated statement, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States called for a “fair and speedy settlement of the case” of Osman Kavala, a Turkish businessman and activist who has been on trial for four years.
In a speech, the Turkish president said, invoking the nationalistic tone, “10 ambassadors came because of him (i.e. Kavala) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.. What insolence is this? What do you think this country is? Here is Turkey,” stressing that “his country is not a tribal state, but rather an owner Honor and glory,” stressing the independence of the Turkish judiciary.
The Turkish authorities accuse the opposition – who is considered one of the most prominent businessmen – of seeking to destabilize Turkey.
In this context, Mahmoud Rantisi, a researcher in the Foreign Policy Department at SITA, believes that the collective action of foreign ambassadors regarding an issue within a country is a provocative act, ruling out Erdogan’s involvement in a diplomatic battle with 10 countries at once, except in the context of threatening escalation and despair that may reach a degree that needs To vent a decision.
“Erdogan is smart, and he is trying to address the patriotic sense of the Turks on this issue, and he will not risk a battle in light of his desire for stability to improve trade and foreign investment,” Rantisi told Al Jazeera Net.
The researcher at SITA Center – close to the Turkish government – explained that “the western escalation is linked to the presence of organized action by those countries, especially America, to support and strengthen the Turkish opposition in the face of Erdogan, according to Joe Biden’s vision to support the opposition that he announced during his campaign.”
For his part, the Turkish journalist, Taha Oda Oglu, agreed with the researcher, Al-Rantissi, that matters should not slip into the juncture of expelling the ambassadors in light of the tensions in Turkey’s relations with some major countries, indicating that contacts will be made between countries to contain the situation.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera Net, Odehoglu considered President Erdogan’s threat of expulsion a clear message to the United States and European countries not to interfere in internal affairs, especially since US President Joe Biden said frankly before coming to power that he would support the opposition to overthrow President Erdogan.
“The Turkish government is aware – with the parliamentary and presidential elections approaching – that there are external parties trying to provide assistance to the opposition, which is moving in a systematic way this time in order to pull the rug out from under the feet of President Erdogan, who has been in power since 2003,” he said.
attitude and resentment
The term “persona non grata” in diplomatic relations between countries of the world denotes a procedure taken to register a certain political position and express “discontent” toward another person or country, due to what the decision-making country may describe as unacceptable behavior by the diplomat concerned.
The phrase “persona non grata” is known by its Latin diplomatic name (persona non grata), and it means that the person or foreign diplomat has become prohibited from entering or remaining in the country that adopts him, as a punishment for his personal actions when he commits a legal crime that cannot be punished because of his diplomatic immunity .
A Turkish diplomatic source said that the decision to expel the ambassadors had not yet been confirmed, and that the final decision might be made at the Turkish government meeting on Monday.
This means that the announcement of the decision will be made by Erdogan or the presidential spokesperson, and not by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Reuters quoted the diplomatic source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying that a reversal of the decision is possible in light of the possible diplomatic repercussions.
Osman Kavala, 64, is a Turkish citizen, born in France. His family lived in Greece and then moved to Turkey during the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923. He studied economics in the United States, and became famous for his cultural activity through the establishment of non-governmental organizations, and then worked in The Dutch Embassy, the French Institute and the Swedish Consulate to develop “culture” activities in Turkey.
In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ordered his “immediate release”, but Ankara did not respond to its request.
Kavala was kept in detention in early October by a decision of an Istanbul court, which considered that “it lacks new elements for his release,” so his detention was extended until November 26.
In 2013, Kavala supported anti-government demonstrations known as the Gezi movement, which targeted Erdogan’s rule while he was prime minister. He was then accused of trying to “overthrow the government” during the failed 2016 coup.
The newspaper “Sabah” – which is close to the Turkish government – indicated that the movements and activities of former CIA officer Henry Barkey that preceded the failed July 2016 coup attempt were unusual, and were in coordination with Kavala, pointing out that he held several meetings in Istanbul and Adana. Between 7 and 13 March 2016.
In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Kavala considered that his arrest allows Erdogan’s authority to justify the “conspiracy theory”.
“I believe the real reason behind my continued detention is the government’s need to preserve the narrative that the Gezi protests (2013) are linked to a lively foreign conspiracy,” he said of his imprisonment through his lawyer.