The candidacy nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden was supported unanimously.
The full Senate of the U.S. Congress approved Jeff Flake for the post of the American ambassador to Turkey. The press service of the chamber reported this.
The candidacy nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden was supported unanimously. Flake himself was a senator in the past and represented the state of Arizona in the upper house from 2013 to 2019. Before that, since 2001, he was also elected to the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress.
In addition, the Senate on Tuesday approved the candidacy of the widow of Republican Senator John McCain, who died in 2018, Cindy McCain for the post of U.S. representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
On October 21, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized the ambassadors of the United States, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Norway and New Zealand, saying that they interfere in the country’s judicial affairs. As the Anadolu agency reported on the same day, they were summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in connection with the publication of a joint statement on the trial of human rights defender Osman Kavala. On Saturday, the Turkish President said that he had instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic to declare the ambassadors of 10 countries, who made a statement about the Kavala trial, persona non grata.
The diplomatic missions of the USA and Canada in Turkey, in turn, declared their intentions to respect the laws and regulations of the host state and not to interfere in the internal affairs of this state. The embassies indicated that they “remain committed to article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.” As the Anadolu agency reported, citing sources in the presidential administration, Erdogan welcomed these statements. Later, the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price, at a regular briefing for journalists, said that the current American ambassador to Ankara, David Satterfield, continues to fulfill his duties, and the US administration seeks to cooperate with the Turkish authorities on common priorities.