Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Turkey Rejects German Accusations of Supporting Islamist Groups

VIENNA – Turkey rejected on Wednesday the accusations leveled by Germany on Ankara’s alleged support for Islamic organizations in the Middle East, adding that such claims were a new indication of “the distorted mentality” that aims to weaken the country.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the allegations were “a new indication of the distorted mentality, which attempted to weaken Turkey by targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government.”

According to the note, Turkey is waiting for the “necessary explanation” from Germany on the claims, which were reported on Tuesday by German public broadcaster ARD in a document of the German interior ministry.

Turkey added that the origin of the German allegations is “certain political circles” that support the guerrillas of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey.

In response to a confidential interpellation in the parliament in Berlin, the German interior ministry said that the Turkish government has become “a center platform in the Middle East” for Islamist groups, adding that Erdogan actively supports such movements.

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