Erdogan events outside Germany’s G20 ‘inappropriate’ – German foreign minister

Germany will reject a request by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to address Turkish citizens while attending the G20 summit in Germany next week, the German foreign minister said on Thursday (29 June), in another blow to the troubled ties of the allies.

Sigmar Gabriel said that Ankara had submitted a formal request on Wednesday (28 June) for Erdogan to speak to Turkish citizens in Germany on the sidelines of the 7-8 July summit of leading economies. He said Turkey had ignored his express advice not to do so.

Gabriel said such appearances by Erdogan, who has addressed Turks in Germany before, would be inappropriate.

Germany did not want to play host to the domestic problems of another country, the minister told reporters during a trip to the southern Russian city of Krasnodar where he was visiting CLAAS factory producing agricultural vehicles. He also cited security concerns for Erdogan’s request being rejected.