EU envoy to Turkey resigns after row with Ankara
ANKARA—The European Union’s top diplomat in Ankara has stepped down after a row with Turkey over controversial comments he made on a landmark refugee deal, a spokesperson from his office said on Tuesday.
The departure of Hansjoerg Haber is indicative of the increasingly fractious relationship between Ankara and Brussels, even as both sides try and implement the landmark deal to reduce to the flow of migrants to the EU.
“We confirm that the ambassador has resigned,” the spokesperson told AFP. Haber, a German diplomat who headed the EU delegation to Ankara, stepped down after he criticized in comments to media the Turkish government’s conduct over the implementation of the landmark deal.
He had only been in his post since October last year. The foreign ministry said at the time his comments caused “indignation” and were condemned by Turkey.—Agencies