German lawmakers warned of Turkish spying

German lawmakers warned of Turkish spying
German lawmakers warned of Turkish spying
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01 July, 2017

Erdogan is scheduled to visit Germany next week to participate in the G20 summit in Hamburg between July 7 and 8.

Merkel told reporters Thursday that the "U.S.is an important part of the G-20" and that even though the European summit participants are united in standing by the Paris climate accord even after the Trump administration has made a decision to pull out, they would work to find "joint solutions" to that and other issues at the July 7-8 summit in Hamburg.

A major meeting of world leaders in Germany next week emerged as a flashpoint of tension between allies on Thursday as Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to block the Turkish president from giving a speech in Germany and European leaders ratcheted up their criticism of President Donald Trump. Gabriel says those requests must be handled on a case-by-case basis, according to German law.

Germany's foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said: "I have reason to expect that these people, who have been incriminated by the American criminal justice (system) will not step onto German soil in the foreseeable future, including during the G20 summit".

Speaking after meetings with her counterparts from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Norway, and EU representatives, Merkel said Thursday she "regrets" the US decision but that the European G-20 participants are "united" in their support for the agreement.

However, German opposition parties have fiercely opposed Erdogan's planned address, increasing pressure on the government ahead of a general election to be held in September.

BERLIN, Germany (A.W)- Germany says that it would be inappropriate for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to hold a rally in front of his supporters in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

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To avoid any misunderstandings, however, Mr Gabriel also stated Berlin's diplomatic and political concerns: "We hereby inform Turkey of our conviction that such an appearance in Germany is not possible, and there is constitutional precedent to that effect".

At the time, German media reports said the Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) was suspected of spying on supporters of US -based cleric Fetullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of organising a failed coup last July.

In a June 29 statement released by the German Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel confirmed that Erdogan's request for the G20 summit next week would be rejected.

Germany's relations with Turkey have been frayed by a widening range of issues that also include Turkey's jailing of two German journalists.

German parliamentarians have been briefed about the measure.

It said the heads of state had agreed on further contacts in the short term. She said that "the Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable".


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