The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, which was planned for Friday, has been canceled. This is reported by the editorial network Germany. The reason: It was not possible to agree on the time of the meeting and the topics.
According to information from his AKP party, a working visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, which was planned for this Friday, will not take place. The Chancellor’s foreign policy adviser, Jens Plötner, and Erdogan adviser Ibrahim Kalin could not have agreed on topics and a time for the meeting, the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” (RND) learned from those close to the Turkish ruling party.
For example, during the visit, the German side wanted to publicly criticize the election campaign appearance of AKP MP Mustafa Acikgöz in Neuss, it said. Erdogan wants to bring forward the parliamentary and presidential elections originally planned for June in Turkey to May 14.
In Neuss, Acikgöz had called for the “annihilation” of supporters of the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK and the Gülen movement in a mosque close to the ultra-nationalist Gray Wolves. Erdogan’s Berlin plans had led to speculation that he could use the visit for an election campaign.
From the AKP environment, it was now said that the 2017 campaign ban issued by the federal government would be adhered to. However, the federal government is expected to enforce the ban on the opposition parties that are already campaigning in Germany. At the parliamentary and presidential elections in June 2018, more than three million Turkish voters were living abroad, almost half of them in Germany.