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Turkey accuses Germany of double standards over meeting cancellation

Friday, March 03, 2017 - 01:15

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says block on Turkish ministers speaking in Germany is a sign of double standards. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkey accused Germany of double standards on Friday (March 3) after authorities in a south German town prevented its justice minister speaking at a meeting, and said Berlin must "learn how to behave" if it wanted to maintain relations. "Germany's stance has nothing to do with democracy, freedom of expression and freedom to hold meetings. A country who tried to interfere in many country's domestic affairs by using these values as a leverage prevents similiar events. This shows how much Germany and the West are involved in double standards," Cavusoglu told reporters. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag was due to speak to supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as part of Ankara's effort to rally support among Germany's estimated 1.5 million Turkish citizens for an April referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish presidency. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking to reporters in Ankara, said Turkey could not put up with the action in the town of Gaggenau, where city authorities withdrew permission for the meeting citing a lack of space at the intended venue.

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Turkey accuses Germany of double standards over meeting cancellation

Friday, March 03, 2017 - 01:15