Turkey’s FM Accuses German ‘deep state’ Amid Tension After Minister’s Visit Cancelled
The cancellation of a Turkish minister’s meeting with Turkish nationals in Germany is another example of “systematic implementation of the German deep state” against Turkish government figures who want to campaign in a country where around 3 million Turks live, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has claimed.
“This is a systematic move of the German deep state,” Çavuşoğlu told reporters on March 3, after German local authorities cancelled a meeting Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ was supposed to hold late on March 2. Turkish government officials slammed Germany over the cancellation, while German Ambassador to Ankara Martin Erdmann was summoned to the Foreign Ministry.
“This move of Germany denounces democracy, the right to assembly and freedom of expression,” Çavuşoğlu said, describing the cancellation of Bozdağ’s meeting as a pure example of “Germany and the Western world’s double-standards on democratic implementations.”
He also noted that Germany did not allow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to meet with Turks in Germany in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup attempt while “allowing the [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK to hold a meeting.”
“You permit leaders of terror organizations but you don’t allow Turkey’s democratically elected President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This is inexplicable,” Çavuşoğlu said.
“You have to see Turkey as an equal partner. Turkey is not a country under your order. You are not Turkey’s boss. You are not a first class and Turkey is not a second class country. We don’t treat you like this. You have to treat Turkey like an equal partner,” he added.