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Germany's decision on Erdogan's rally will not remain unanswered

01 July 2017

"I would like to emphasize the following on behalf of the German federal government: President Erdogan is an important guest for us and we would welcome his participation in the G20 summit", he said.

"Our country is an open country, but we do not have the intention to allow that other countries' domestic conflicts be imported into our population", said Gabriel, who serves as deputy to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Gabriel says those requests must be handled on a case-by-case basis, according to German law.

On Wednesday Ankara has officially requested permission for Erdogan to address Germany-based Turkish citizens during his visit, Gabriel told accompanying him journalists during his trip to Russian Federation.

As Germany braces for the G20 summit in Hamburg next week, the government has refused a request by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turkish citizens living here, in a move that recalls tensions over controversial rallies in support of last April's referendum in Turkey.

He pointed to stretched police resources around the G-20 summit as well as Germany's current tensions with Turkey.

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". It wasn't clear whether permission would be granted.

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He also said he believed Germany should have responded with more "emotional" solidarity to last year's failed coup attempt in Turkey, a point repeatedly made by Turkish leaders.

In retaliation, Erdogan lashed out at German politicians and compared their policy to "Nazi measures", sparking outrage in Germany, where the country's Nazi past remains highly sensitive.

Officials say they expect violent protests during the summit, to be held on July 7 and 8.

This decision caused great concerns and discontent among Turkish authorities and opposition.

Merkel said that discussions about climate issues in Hamburg won't be easy and there is no point glossing over disagreements. "We have constitutional justification for doing this", he said. Spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters he had no information indicating that Erdoğan would not attend the G20 summit, and said Germany looked forward to his participation. Mr. Trump caused consternation in Europe when he said earlier this month the US would withdraw from the Paris agreement to curb global warming.

Ahead of that summit, she is hosting a meeting of the European leaders who will take part in the summit later Thursday at the chancellery in Berlin.

Germany's decision on Erdogan's rally will not remain unanswered