Ankara angry at Germany’s tourist warning as rights row escalates

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:42 GMT, Jul 21, 2017 |

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.