EU en­voy to Turkey re­signs af­ter row with Ankara

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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