Turkey summons US’ charge d’affaires over Twitter ‘liking’

ANKARA

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Sunday summoned US’ charge d’affaires in Ankara over embassy’s “liking” a Twitter message by a FETO fugitive, attacking Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said that U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jeffrey M. Hovenier was asked for a clear explanation after the U.S. Embassy in Ankara “liked” a Twitter message by Ergun Babahan, a Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) member who fled Turkey following the July 15 coup attempt in 2016.

Turkey summoned Hovenier since ambassador David Satterfield was out of town, Aksoy said.

On Saturday, the official Twitter account of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara “liked” a Twitter message by Babahan, which was attacking MHP leader Devlet Bahceli amid rumors about his health, who was hospitalized for nausea last week, but discharged after a brief treatment.
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