Turkish Foreign Ministry dismisses dozens of diplomats, including two ambassadors

Turkish Foreign Ministry dismisses dozens of diplomats, including two ambassadors
# 26 July 2016 12:06 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. A massive process to dismiss diplomats with suspected Gülenist sympathies from the Turkish Foreign Ministry began early on July 26 following the failed coup attempt, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Notifications have been sent to dozens of diplomats, including two ambassadors, upon the instruction of Foreign Minister Mevlüt ÇavuÅŸoÄŸlu.

The ambassador-level diplomats who were dismissed included Gürcan Balık, who has long served as the chief advisor to former Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu, and former Ambassador to Canada Tuncay Babalı. Two other ambassador-level diplomats, Åžentürk Uzun and Ali Fındık, were dismissed prior to the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Apart from the ambassadors, dozens of lower-level diplomats were also dismissed from the ministry over their links to the Fethullah Gülen organization.

The crackdown within Turkey’s Foreign Ministry will include some ambassador-level diplomats with links to the Gülenist organization, the foreign minister has said, admitting there was a serious infiltration from this group into the ministry in recent years.

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