Erdogan Calls on Turks in Germany to Vote Against Turkey's Foes

20 August, 2017, 06:41 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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Chancellor Merkel responded immediately, saying that her government would "not stand for any kind of interference" from foreign governments in German elections.

Germany's Christian Democrats, Greens and Social Democratic Party "are all enemies of Turkey", Erdogan said in televised remarks on Friday he directed at about 1 million German voters of Turkish origin.

"I am urging all my countrymen in Germany to not make the mistake of supporting them".

"I call on them not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey, and I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box", he said.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on August 19 asked his Spanish counterpart that Akhanli be allowed access to consular assistance "as quickly as possible" following his arrest.

Tensions further rose after Ankara's repeated refusals to grant German lawmakers access to their forces deployed in Turkey, prompting Berlin to relocate a number of soldiers from Incirlik air base to Jordan. Gulen has denied the accusations.

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"Turkey had demands but unfortunately a positive response could not be given to Turkey's expectations", said Bozdag, speaking to reporters in Yozgat.

German journalist Mesale Tolu has been held on similar charges since May, while activist Peter Steudtner was arrested in a July raid.

Akhanli has lived in Germany since he fled Turkey in 1991, where he had been arrested for opposition activities.

Major General Baqeri's trip to Ankara came days ahead of a planned visit by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Turkey is not pushing for an update of the Customs Union agreement with the European Union, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

Turkey also blocked Berlin lawmakers from visiting their troops stationed in southern Turkey. It previously blocked MPs from visiting Turkey's Incirlik Airbase, which was once home to some 300 Bundeswehr soldiers and several reconnaissance jets.

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