Bulgarian Foreign Ministry handed Turkish ambassador a note over his behaviour – PM

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry had handed Turkish ambassador Süleyman Gökçe (photo) a note about his actions and behaviour, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov told the National Assembly on January 13, answering a question in connection with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms melodrama during which ousted MRF leader Lyutvi Mestan had sought shelter at the Turkish embassy in Sofia.

Borissov said that the Foreign Ministry had summoned Gökçe on “December 23, 24″ – the Prime Minister told Parliament he could not remember the precise date – and handed the ambassador the note.

Mestan was ousted as MRF leader by the party’s executive council on December 24, after MRF founder and honorary president Ahmed Dogan described as a “gaffe” Mestan’s pro-Turkey declaration in Parliament after Turkey downed a Russian bomber near Syrian airspace.

Mestan and his spouse had spent several hours at the Turkish embassy on December 22 after it became clear he would be deposed as MRF leader. Around the same time, Mestan’s National Protection Service bodyguards had been withdrawn.

Borissov did not specify which “actions and behaviour” on the part of Gökçe had led to the note being handed to the ambassador.

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