German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects Turkey’s travel warning

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects Turkey’s travel warning

WAAR-DUHOK:

Chancellor Merkel has dismissed Turkey’s warning about traveling to Germany, saying that Turkish citizens are more than welcome to visit. Ankara had cautioned that its citizens run the risk of facing racism or terrorism.

No Turkish citizen should be afraid of traveling to Germany during its election season, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
“I want to be very clear here: Any Turkish citizen can come visit us,” Merkel said during a campaign stop in the western town of Delbrück.

No Turkish citizen should be afraid of traveling to Germany during its election season, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
“I want to be very clear here: Any Turkish citizen can come visit us,” Merkel said during a campaign stop in the western town of Delbrück.

“No journalists are arrested here. No journalists are put into detention here. Here, we have freedom of expression and the rule of law. And we’re proud of that,” the chancellor added.

According to the German Foreign Office, at least 10 Germans are currently detained in Turkey on political charges, including Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist with Die Welt newspaper.

On Saturday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning telling Turkish citizens visiting or living in Germany to be cautious amid reports of racism during the country’s election campaign.

“Political leaders in Germany are establishing their election campaigns on foundations of being anti-Turkey and blocking our country’s EU membership,” the Turkish statement said.

The foreign ministry statement also told its citizens that Germany welcomes “terrorist groups”, such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the network of the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Terrorists “walk freely on the streets” of Germany, the ministry alleged.

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