Turkey: Regime summons Swedish ambassador to whine about Erdogan effigy protest

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Turkey has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara over a demonstration in Stockholm in which an effigy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung from its feet. Staffan Herrstrom, Sweden’s ambassador to Turkey, was summoned to the foreign ministry on Thursday, and Ankara’s reaction was conveyed to him, a Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters news agency. Sweden has been seeking Turkey’s approval to join NATO, for which it applied after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year. Ankara has said Sweden needed to take a clearer stance against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and what Turkey regards as its Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey designates both groups as ‘terrorist’ entities, while Sweden, as part of the European Union, only considers the PKK to be a ‘terrorist’ group.” (01/13/23)