BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the lead-up to the G-20 summit in Hamburg (all times local):
Germany’s foreign minister says Berlin will tell Ankara that a rally by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he visits Germany for the Group of 20 summit is “not possible.”
Turkey on Wednesday officially requested permission for Erdogan to address Turks in Germany on the sidelines of his visit to the G-20 summit, which is being held in Hamburg.
The request comes at a time when relations between Germany and Turkey are frayed over a range of issues, and when German police resources are stretched by security for the G-20.
News agency dpa reported that Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said during a visit to Moscow Thursday: “We are telling Turkey that we are convinced such an appearance in Germany is not possible.”
Germany’s foreign minister says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked permission to hold a rally to address Turks in Germany on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 meeting in Hamburg, a request that could further inflame tensions between Berlin and Ankara.
The dpa news agency reported Thursday that Sigmar Gabriel said, while on a trip to Russia, that Turkey had officially requested permission for Erdogan to make the appearance while in Germany for the July 7-8 summit. It wasn’t clear whether permission would be granted.
German local authorities’ banning of campaign rallies by Turkish ministers earlier this year contributed to tensions between the two countries, which were also inflamed by other issues like Turkey’s jailing of two…
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