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Before G20, Erdogan accuses Germany of 'committing suicide' - Zeit
July 5, 2017 / 1:36 PM / a month ago

Before G20, Erdogan accuses Germany of 'committing suicide' - Zeit

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters as he leaves a mosque after the Eid al-Fitr prayers in Istanbul, Turkey, June 25, 2017.Murad Sezer/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying that Germany was "committing suicide" by not letting him speak to Turks in Germany during his visit to the country for a G20 leaders summit, which starts on Friday.

"Germany is committing suicide," he told German weekly Die Zeit, adding: "Germany must correct this mistake."

Erdogan also said as long as Germany did not send supporters of Erdogan's foe Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey, his country would view Germany as a land that protected terrorists.

Ankara has blamed Gulen, a Muslim cleric, for orchestrating a failed coup last July. Gulen has denied involvement.

However, Erdogan also said Germany and Turkey needed each other and on a personal level he did not have a problem with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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