Germany: Turkish leader seeks to hold rally on G20 sidelines — Could further inflame tensions between Berlin and Ankara

Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Turkey has asked permission for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to hold a rally to address Turks in Germany when he attends the upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany’s foreign minister said Thursday. The request could further inflame tensions between Berlin and Ankara.

Turkey officially requested permission on Wednesday for Erdogan to make the appearance while in Germany for the July 7-8 summit, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said during a trip to Russia. Gabriel made clear that the German government isn’t happy about the idea.

“Of course, Mr. Erdogan is an important guest at the G-20 and will be received with all honors by us there, but we believe everything that goes beyond that is inappropriate at this point in time,” Gabriel said. He pointed to stretched police resources because of the G-20 summit.

Erdogan  [File: Matt Dunham/EPA]

It wasn’t immediately clear whether…

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