Erdogan public appearances outside G20 'inappropriate' - German FM

"It is regretful that some German politicians make unacceptable political remarks ostensibly for domestic consumption while German authorities request for organizational purposes, the placing of a formal request as regards the venue for the meeting with the Turkish nationals within the context of the visit that President Erdogan will make to Hamburg for the G20 meeting", said Ministry spokesperson Müftüoğlu in a statement.

"I'd like to emphasize for the German government that President Erdoğan is an important guest for us and we welcome his participation in the G20 summit", Seibert said.

Despite disagreements between Berlin and Ankara over public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman underlined on Friday the importance of Erdogan's participation at 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 USA decision but that the European G-20 participants are "united" in their support for the agreement.

A decision to ban Turkish rallies on its soil ahead of an April referendum on constitutional change prompted Erdogan to accuse the German government of "Nazi-style behaviour".

However, a source in the Turkish presidential administration told Trend that Erdogan does not consider cancelling his visit to 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.

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.

Although Erdoğan's address to the Turkish community in Germany during his visit is "not on his official schedule yet", German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's statement that such a gathering would "not be a good idea" raised the tension between both countries.

Turkey was angered by Germany's refusal to let pro-Erdogan politicians address campaign rallies in Germany in March.

German parliamentarians have been briefed about the measure.

The two leaders also agreed to continue contacts in the near future. She said that "the Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable".

The leaders' comments after the meeting showed that the summit is shaping up as a clash between proponents of a liberal world order, embodied by host Ms. Merkel and recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron on the one hand, and advocates of the antiestablishment nationalism that Mr. Trump, Mr. Putin and Mr. Erdogan have come to represent in Europe.

  • Joey Payne