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Recep Erdogan opens huge mosque in Germany amid rival rallies

04 October, 2018, 17:08 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Ties between Ankara and Washington are also at a low ebb, and Erdogan said separately on Monday he would resist US efforts to impose sanctions over the trial of a Christian pastor detained for two years in Turkey over alleged links to coup supporters.

Mr Erdogan on Saturday in Cologne also inaugurated a new mosque - seen as a symbol of the integration of three million people of Turkish origin in Germany - although the resonance was undermined by the absence of key German politicians.

The Turkish authorities detained Brunson on allegations of assisting groups branded as terrorist, part of a crackdown by the Turkish government following the failed coup in 2016.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she and the leaders of Turkey, Russia, and France planned to hold a summit next month on the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

He noted that Turkey lifted the state of emergency following the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

Erdogan said that the United States has lost "its reliability with its additional implementations on Turkey".

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Hundreds of people, including several from the city's Kurdish community, protested Erdogan's visit to the city, citing the deteriorating human rights situation in Turkey.

Erdogan faced criticism at a state dinner Friday from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier over arrests of journalists, trade unionists and academics in a crackdown after a failed coup a year ago.

But she told AFP: "Germany has no interest in losing Turkey as a partner to work with" and wanted to see Ankara overcome its economic difficulties.

The rhetoric escalated to the point where Erdogan called Germany's mainstream parties "enemies of Turkey" and accused German officials of acting like Nazis, prompting Merkel to condemn his comments.

In General, Erdogan praised the visit to Germany as "useful for bilateral relations".

"My feeling is that the path to normalisation will be long and arduous", he added.

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