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Erdogan backpedals on threat to expel 10 Western ambassadors

After threatening to expel 10 foreign envoys, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday appeared to de-escalate a diplomatic row sparked by the ongoing imprisonment of Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen during a official state visit to Angola at the Presidential Palace in Luanda on Oct. 18, 2021.

ISTANBUL ­— A tense diplomatic crisis in which 10 ambassadors to Turkey faced possible expulsion from the country appears to have been defused Monday following a set of reconciliatory statements.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday said he welcomed statements shared via social media by Western embassies, including the United States, saying they would follow a diplomatic convention not to interfere with a host nation’s domestic affairs.

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