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Sweden summons Turkey’s ambassador following arrests

Published fredag 4 november 2016 kl 16.22
Wallström concerned by arrests
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Kaya Turkmen, Turkey's ambassador to Sweden
Kaya Türkmen, Turkey's ambassador, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry. Credit: Anders Wiklund/TT

Turkey’s ambassador to Sweden was summoned to the Foreign Ministry following the arrest of pro-Kurdish MPs in his home country.

Kaya Türkmen met the head of Sweden’s European Union Department Mikaela Kumlin Granit, but it has not been disclosed what was said.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström issued a statement describing the arrest of two opposition party leaders from the HDP party along with several other party members as “extremely worrying.”

She said the arrests of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş and their colleagues “risk fuelling the already existing tensions in the country,” and said Sweden expects them to be released.

The HDP leaders are accused of refusing to give testimony in a probe linked to “terrorist propaganda,” Reuters reported.

Following the news of the arrests, there was a protest outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

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