Don’t in­ter­fere in Turk­ish af­fairs, Er­do­gan tells Ger­many

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Is­tan­bul, Turkey - Ger­many has no right to in­ter­fere in Turkey’s do­mes­tic af­fairs, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said on Sun­day, his lat­est broad­side in a blis­ter­ing row sparked by the waves of ar­rests un­der the cur­rent state of emer­gency.

Sev­eral Ger­man na­tion­als are among those be­ing held and Berlin has warned its cit­i­zens that their safety can­not be guar­an­teed in Turkey and that con­sular ac­cess is not as­sured in case of ar­rest.

Throw­ing away any pre­tence at diplo­matic nu­ance, Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel had on Thurs­day also warned Ger­man firms against in­vest­ment in Turkey and spoke of an ‘over­haul’ of the en­tire re­la­tion­ship.

“Turkey is a so­cial demo­cratic state based on law and no one has the right to in­ter­fere in its in­ter­nal af­fairs,” said Er­do­gan be­fore leav­ing for Jed­dah in Saudi Ara­bia.

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