Germany Tells Erdogan It'll Block His Rally on G-20 Sidelines
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 01, 2017,
Jul 01, 2017, 0:14
"President Erdogan is an important guest for us and we welcome his participation in the G20 summit", Seibert said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that European countries will work at the upcoming G20 summit to find "joint solutions" with the US on climate change and other issues. Gabriel says those requests must be handled on a case-by-case basis, according to German law.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not consider cancelling his visit to Hamburg in response to Germany's decision to ban his speech before representatives of the Turkish community in the city, a source in the Turkish presidential administration told Trend.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has advised Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan not to hold public events during his trip to G20 summit.
Turkey was angered by Germany's refusal to let pro-Erdogan politicians address campaign rallies in Germany in March. It wasn't clear whether permission would be granted.
The German government also demanded the Turkish president not include in his security team the security bodyguards who face arrest warrants in the USA for attacking protesters in Washington during Erdogan's visit to the country on May 16.
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.
Merkel said that discussions about climate issues in Hamburg won't be easy and there is no point glossing over disagreements.
Speaking to the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, Ms. Merkel criticized the USA for abandoning the Paris climate accord and warned of hard talks.
"I think we made a mistake", he said.
Merkel stressed in a speech to the German parliament Thursday that the European Union stands fully behind its commitment to the agreement.
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.
Ahead of preparatory talks on Friday in Berlin with European G20 leaders and EU officials, the chancellor warned Mr Trump that Europe would not be dragged down by U.S. unilateral trade and climate policies. Mr. Trump caused consternation in Europe when he said earlier this month the US would withdraw from the Paris agreement to curb global warming.