Political News

Turkey issues travel warning for Turkish citizens in Germany

Posted September 9

— Turkey's foreign ministry has issued a travel warning for Turkish citizens living in or traveling to Germany, citing increased right-wing and racist rhetoric ahead of Germany's Sept. 24 parliamentary election.

In a statement Saturday, the ministry said German candidates have shaped their election campaigns on anti-Turkish discourse to prevent Turkey's membership in the European Union. It also cited fires of "undetermined causes" in immigrant neighborhoods in Germany as well as alleged ill-treatment of Turkish citizens at German airports as a basis for its warning.

The ministry repeated its allegation that Germany was harboring terror groups, including outlawed Kurdish militants and the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Turkey blames for last summer's failed coup. Gulen denies the claim.

The statement urged Turkish citizens to exercise caution and avoid political meetings.

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all