Tit for tat, Erdogan tells German Turks to vote against 'aggressive' parties

Tit for tat, Erdogan tells German Turks to vote against 'aggressive' parties

At a press conference in Istanbul on Friday, he insisted Turkey "bears no responsibility" for tensions with Germany, putting the blame squarely on Merkel's Christian Democrats and two other mainstream political parties.

"I think Turkish voters should teach a necessary lesson in the ballot box to those political parties who are so aggressive and disrespectful toward Turkey".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a ceremony to mark the 16th anniversary of his ruling AK Party's foundation in Ankara, Turkey, August 14, 2017.

Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also said the U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis would visit Turkey within days.

The Turkish president made the remarks after Gabriel slammed Erdogan for his comments urging ethnic Turks in Germany to vote against Chancellor Angela Merkel in the county's September 24 legislative elections.

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"Erdogan has lost any sense of proportion", Schulz wrote on Twitter.

Turkey has slammed Germany for refusing to confirm whether the country is harbouring the man suspected of organising the 15 July coup attempt past year.

He also called Özedmir's Green party "enemies of Turkey".

"We will not stand for any kind of interference", Merkel said from a Friday campaign event in Herford in northwestern Germany.

Erdogan was infuriated by Berlin once again in the run-up to Turkey's April referendum, after German authorities barred Turkish politicians form addressing rallies of Turkish citizens living in Germany.

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There are an estimated three million Turkish-origin people living in Germany.

He then called on Turkish people in Germany to back parties "not hostile to Turkey".

That report came not long after Turkey arrested German human rights activist Peter Steudtner, charging him with "supporting a terrorist organization", despite Berlin saying he had merely traveled to Turkey to speak at a local human rights workshop.

Meanwhile, Turkey has accused Germany of protecting suspects who allegedly played a role in the failed coup attempt a year ago as well as supporting US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen who Turkey claims is responsible for the events.

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