Germany summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan remarks

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized a leader of the opposition German Greens Party during his visit to Cologne last week.

Germany summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan remarks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany has reportedly summoned the Turkish ambassador to Berlin to complain about certain remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke to thousands of supporters in Cologne last week.

During his visit, Erdogan criticized Cem Ozdemir, a leader of the opposition German Greens Party, who is of Turkish origin. Erdogan allegedly called Ozdemir a "so-called Turk" and hinted he was no longer welcome in Turkey after Ozdemir objected to Erdogan's visit.

Ozdemir had told Erdogan, who was in Cologne to address Turkish expatriates ahead of Turkey's presidential elections in August, not to discuss Turkey's domestic disputes in Germany.

Turkish ambassador to Berlin, Huseyin Avni Karslioglu, was told of the German government's dismay at Erdogan's comments towards Ozdemir on Wednesday, an anonymous source told AFP.

"This type of public criticism of an important German politician, who has always worked in the interest of good relations between Germany and Turkey - also in the run-up to Prime Minister Erdogan's visit - is unhelpful for the German-Turkish relationship," the source said.

Although Erdogan has not declared his candidacy, he is highly expected to enter the presidential race as a clear favorite to replace outgoing Abdullah Gul. Meanwhile, Turkey's two main opposition parties CHP and MHP are still undecided on who to field as a joint candidate.

Earlier in May, Turkey reacted angrily to remarks made by visiting German president Joachim Gauck regarding Turkey's recent judiciary and Internet laws.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded "If a German president says 'I am concerned about Turkey's future' then we can say we are worried about Germany's future due to neo-Nazis" after attending a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna.

"If we should be concerned, we must be concerned about racism in Europe's streets, Islamophobia, Turkish homes set fire in Germany and insults daubed on the walls of mosques," he said.

Last Mod: 31 Mayıs 2014, 15:04
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