Home politics leads criticism of Turkey, Erdogan says
Ties between Turkey and Germany have soured in recent months, reaching a nadir last month when German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Berlin would no longer encourage or guarantee investment in Turkey.
“We know that the most of the criticism of European countries for our country is related to their domestic politics,” Erdogan said at the opening of a fruit juice factory in Isparta, southwest Turkey.
Referring to the Netherlands’ block on Turkish ministerial speeches in the run-up to April’s constitutional referendum in Turkey, the president said: “Now we see that Germany is using the same tactics. I believe that they will return to normal after the elections.”
Germany will hold a federal election of Bundestag lawmakers on Sept. 24.
A series of diplomatic incidents has included German complaints about the arrest of its nationals on terrorism charges, the lack of access for lawmakers to German troops at Incirlik air base in southern Turkey and claims that Turkey has carried out espionage in Germany.
Ankara has accused Germany of harbouring terrorists and criticized the government for barring Turkish politicians from addressing crowds ahead of the referendum.
On Tuesday, NATO brokered a deal to enable German lawmakers to visit their troops based at an air base near Konya, central Turkey.
It followed the withdrawal of German jets from Incirlik, where they had been tasked to conduct surveillance missions against Daesh in Syria, after lawmakers were denied permission to visit.
Turning to the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, which he heads, Erdogan said: “We are committed to achieve a fundamental change in our party.”
He has previously warned “tired” AK Party lawmakers to step aside ahead of the 2019 general election and he made a similar warning when he told the crowd that change was needed for those who had “moved away from the values of the AK Party and become tired”.
Erdogan added: “We need companions who are energy-driven, enthusiastic and have equipment and projects for the future of our country, our nation and our cities.”
Turning to the terror threat, Erdogan said a “terror state, which is trying to establish itself along the Syrian and Iraqi borders” was aimed as damaging Turkey’s independence and future.
In Syria, the PKK/PYD, which Ankara views as a terrorist organization but is backed by the U.S., has established territory along stretches of the Turkish border while in Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government has pledged to hold a referendum on independence from Baghdad.
Erdogan said the “insignificant and unfounded accusations” of European politicians against Turkey were borne from the same desire to hurt Turkey.
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