Turkish FM hits out at Germany over ministerial visit

Mevlut Cavusoglu says German 'deep state' to blame for obstructing address by Turkish justice minister to expat commnunity 

Turkish FM hits out at Germany over ministerial visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday accused what he described as the German “deep state” of being behind the obstruction of a planned address by Ankara’s justice minister to members of the local Turkish community.

On Thursday, the municipality of Gaggenau in southwest Germany revoked its permission for Bozdag's meeting, citing concerns about overcrowding. This prompted the minister to cancel his planned visit to Germany.

The incident has drawn strong criticism from the Turkish government.

Speaking on Friday, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said the German authorities had tried to prevent such meetings before: "This has become a systematic practice of the German deep state."

"The systematic pressures on Turkish society [in Germany] do not discourage Turkish society. You can't achieve this," he added.

He went on to say that Germany should consider Turkey an equal partner but it had to act like an equal partner: "Turkey is not a country at your [Germany's] disposal.”

Turkey was not a “second-class” country, Cavusoglu added.

He also called on Germany to work together with Ankara for good of Turkey’s large community there.

After the incident Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the German ambassador, Martin Erdmann, over the cancellation, according to a ministry source.

The event was organized by the Union of European Turkish Democrats, or UETD.

Germany is home to the largest Turkish expat community in the EU, numbering around three million people.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mart 2017, 10:42