Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, claimed Germany has been “intervening” in his country’s politics by actively supporting voters who would vote against president Erdogan.
Speaking at the Turkish Embassy in Hamburg to a crowd of German-Turks, Mr Cavusoglu said: “This is systematic obstruction, and Germany is applying systematic pressure on our citizens. This is unacceptable.
Merkel's government has been accused of meddling in Turkish politics
“We always want to see Germany as a friend but Germany’s systematic anti-Turkey approach does not suit our friendship.”
His meeting with Turkish residents in Germany was reportedly meant to take place in another building, but German authorities cancelled it.
Confirming the declining relationship between the two countries, the minister said it is not the first time a meeting has been cancelled by German officials.
TWO DEAD as bomb rips through Izmir, Turkey wounding 10 people Thu, January 5, 2017
A car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir, wounding at least 10 people and sparking clashes in which at least two "terrorists" were killed, officials and reports said.Several ambulances were rushed to the scene after the blast outside the prosecutors and judges' entrance to the court in the usually peaceful city on the Aegean Sea,
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Cars burn in the street at the site of an explosion in front of the courthouse in Izmir on January 5, 2017.
But the politician argued Berlin’s changing attitude towards the country could reinforce and widen Erdogan’s power.
Mr Cavusoglu said: “We stick to the principle that we should not meddle in the internal politics of a friendly country.
“Germany shouldn’t intervene in our politics, in our referendum, either."
His comments come after President Erdogan himself lambasted German authorities for “aiding and abetting terror”.
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Erdogan reportedly said that while Germans had “prevented Turkish leaders from addressing their communities”, they allowed “members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party leaders to hold rallies.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister said Germany is anti-Turkey
Last month, German police raided the homes of four Muslim clerics suspected of spying for Turkey.
Heiko Maas, the German justice minister, accused Turkey of using religion as cover for intelligence operations.
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