Turkey has summoned the German ambassador in Ankara to explain restrictions imposed by the authorities in Germany on a pro-President Erdogan protest in Cologne, DPA International reports.
The event in the western German city drew thousands of people, who defended Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s policies following a failed coup attempt. Turkey’s Western allies criticize an ongoing crackdown on supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is suspected by Turkey of masterminding the deadly coup.
Several Turkish officials attended the Cologne rally. The organizers wanted to live stream an address by Erdogan on a big screen, but local authorities prohibited it, citing security concerns.
Ambassador Martin Erdmann was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry later in the day to discuss the ban of the live-stream address, news agency DPA reported citing informed sources.
Relations between Turkey and Germany remain strained after the German parliament, the Bundestag, passed a resolution last month acknowledging the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman republic in 1915-16 as genocide of Armenian people. Erdmann has reportedly been given the cold shoulder since the vote and been obstructed by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and other branches of the government.
Source: Word News