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The Farnesina’s comment on the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s summons of European diplomats in Ankara

With reference to the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s summons of European diplomats in Ankara to protest against the attendance of some European diplomatic and consular representatives at the first hearing in the trial against two journalists of the Cumhuriyet, Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, which was held in Istanbul on Friday, the Farnesina informs that the Italian Consul General in Istanbul, Federica Ferrari Bravo, behaved in full compliance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic and consular relations.

Freedom of expression is of fundamental importance for the Country’s political debate, in which the interest of European diplomats is fully justified in the light of Turkey’s position as a European Union accession Country

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