Ankara angry at Germany’s tourist warning as rights row escalates
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman on Thursday (July 20) lashed out at Germany after Berlin threatened to end corporate investment guarantees, saying Ankara could not accept such a stance, escalating a row between the NATO allies.
Germany warned its citizens on Thursday to exercise caution if traveling to Turkey and threatened measures that could hinder German investment there in a sign of growing impatience with a NATO ally after the detention of rights activists.
Speaking to reporters at a weekly news briefing, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara wanted to maintain good relations with Berlin, but ” this has to be maintained by mutual respect and interest.”
The latest feud between Turkey and Germany – which have seen ties strained after last year’s failed coup – stems from Turkey’s detention of six human rights activists, including a German national.