Western ambassadors took a step back, will be more careful: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday said ambassadors from the Western countries who he called to be expelled over their statement on the ongoing case of a jailed businessperson had taken a step back and would be more careful in their statements.

Erdoğan’s remarks came after a cabinet meeting, during which the United States and other embassies had issued an almost simultaneous statement on Twitter, saying they would abide by a diplomatic convention not to interfere in a host country’s affairs.

Erdoğan said over the weekend that he had ordered the envoys from 10 countries, including the U.S., Germany and France, be declared “persona non grata”….

The president was said to have “received positively” the statements by the embassies of the U.S., Canada, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany and France that they abide by Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which outlines diplomats’ duties to respect the laws of the host state and not to interfere in internal affairs.

“We believe that these ambassadors…will now be more careful in their statements,” Erdoğan said in televised remarks following a three-hour Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara, saying the envoys had learned their lesson.

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The new statement “shows they have taken a step back from the slander against our country,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan’s remarks were followed by a statement from his top aide, who said Ankara would not refrain from taking further action against the Western embassies.