- Title: Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at Germany as row deepens
- Date: 23rd July 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JULY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERAMEN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "There is no such move against German companies. We have German companies who have been operating in Turkey for more than 100 years, like Siemens and Bosch. Are there any moves against those? No. Therefore, nobody should .... (disseminate) false news and make threats based on false news. This doesn't suit people who are in politics." CAMERAMEN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Turkey is executing a judiciary process but if the politicians in Germany try to create a market for the elections in October, this is not our concern. However, there is nothing forgivable about the offensive stories in the German media, especially about myself and the Turkish republic." ERDOGAN LEAVING
- Embargoed: 6th August 2017 10:52
- Keywords: Row between Turkey and Germany; Erdogan media conference; letter from German foreign minister
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QXSSHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Germany on Sunday (July 23), saying German politicians should not make threats based on "false news", as a row between the two country escalates.
Asked about a letter published in Germany's Bild newspaper by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Erdogan reiterated German investments in Turkey were not targeted as part of a widening crackdown after last year's failed coup.
The Die Zeit newspaper reported this week that Turkish authorities had several weeks ago handed Berlin a list of 68 German companies, including Daimler and BASF, that they accused of having links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating last July's failed coup.
In a letter published in German and Turkish in daily newspaper Bild, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany had no quarrel with Turkish people in either country but could not stand by as "innocent" German citizens were jailed.
Turkey has detained six rights activists, including a German, on charges of supporting "an armed terrorist organisation".
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