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Erdogan lets envoys stay after embassies affirm noninterference

Turkish lira rebounds from record lows after a week of diplomatic tumult

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan heads a cabinet meeting in Ankara on Oct. 25. "No one, whatever their title is, can stay here if they do not respect our country’s independence and our nation's sensitivities," he told reporters afterward.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday walked back his weekend threat to expel 10 Western ambassadors, including Washington's, following apparent last-minute diplomatic maneuvering behind the scenes.

"The embassies, with their new statement, have retreated from their slander toward our judiciary and country," Erdogan told a news conference after a cabinet meeting in Ankara, the capital.

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