Turkish FM en route to Germany: No one can stop me!

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that no one can stop him from meeting citizens in Hamburg today after both his hotel room and meeting room were cancelled by German officials.

“I am going to Hamburg today. Tonight we will come together with our citizens in Hamburg. No one can stop it. No one should even try to stop it. We do not want to have bad relations with Germany or any other country. However, we will not hesitate to respond to hostile acts,” Cavusoglu said.

Two separate talks by Turkish ministers Bekir Bozdag and Nihat Zeybekci in Germany had been cancelled by local German officials last week.

A talk by Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag was cancelled in the state of Baden-Württemberg in the south of Germany by local authorities, citing a lack of space for the event that was expected to draw in significant crowds.

Separately, a meeting organised by the the Union of Turkish Democrats in Europe (UETD), a diaspora organisation known to be affiliated to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), in which Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci was set to talk about the proposed presidential system in Turkey was cancelled by officials in the Western German city of Cologne.

Turkish government officials, including Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, have been visiting Germany and other European countries where there is a sizeable population of expatriates from Turkey with figures ranging from four to six million. A significant portion of these are eligible to vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum with ballot boxes to be opened throughout Europe.