BBCI: Erdogan says Germany can not scare Turkey with threats

22 July, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Germany vows to overhaul Turkey ties as row escalates

In an unusually hard-hitting statement that swept aside any diplomatic niceties, the German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday also warned German firms against investment in Turkey and spoke of an "overhaul" of the entire relationship.

Germany's foreign minister interrupted his vacation on the North Sea to return to Berlin to deliver the most strongly worded statement yet against Turkey's imprisonment of German journalists and human rights activists.

On Thursday, Germany's economy minister, Brigitte Zypries, said that if German companies "suddenly show up on "black lists" and are branded as terror supporters, then that is a climate that makes further business and investments in Turkey extremely hard". The first consequences will be new travel advisories for German citizens in Turkey.Gabriel said that Germans traveling to Turkey were incurring "risks", and the ministry website recommended Germans should exercise "heightened caution" when visiting Turkey since "consular access" to Germans detained in Turkey had been "restricted in violation of the obligations of global law".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan condemned comments by Germany's economy minister on Friday warning companies off investing in Turkey, as the dispute between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies continues to simmer.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman called Gabriel's comments "unfortunate", and the Foreign Ministry accused Berlin of "blackmail and threats", saying that it would not make concessions regarding Turkey's judiciary.

Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble even compared President Erdogan's Turkey with the former communist German Democratic Republic (GDR), accusing it of "arresting people arbitrarily".

He added that Germany also wants to discuss pre-accession funding to Turkey from the European Union.

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin accused Germany of "great political irresponsibility" in stepping up its travel warning and said: "We do not accept this".

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Speaking to reporters during a visit to Cyprus, Mevlut Cavusoglu said as a once close friend and ally, Germany would know "that Turkey would never bow to blackmail and threats".

Yildirim replied: "Turkey is a safe country".

Turkey lashed back at the front of official German criticism, describing Berlin's stance as inappropriate and inacceptable. Gabriel also said he doesn't see how the government can continue guaranteeing companies' investments in Turkey in the absence of "legal security" and will have to consider what it does about export guarantees. Average expenditure per visitor plunged more than 22 percent over two years, figures from Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry show.

A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered the pre-trial arrest of four leading human rights activists, including Amnesty International's country director, Steudtner and a Swedish trainer, for alleged links to terror groups.

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We showed more belief in our abilities and our mindset changed. "I certainly don't take any added pressure", he added. When asked about India's success in the recent past, Shastri says the team deserves all the credit.

German-Turkish relations have been souring for over a year since last July's coup attempt in Turkey. It's unclear which terror group the six are accused of aiding.

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