Turkey summons German envoy over 'terror' rally in Cologne

Turkey Over 45 PKK terrorists neutralized in 1 week

"We condemn that PKK terror organization's extensions in Germany are allowed to hold an event in Cologne and make terror propaganda here", the ministry said in a written statement.

"We have expressed our reaction in a strong way to Germany's ambassador to Ankara who was summoned to the ministry", it added.

The PKK, considered a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies, has been waging a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

Even though the Interior Ministry updated its list of prohibited PKK symbols in March, the demonstrators carried banned posters of jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and the symbols of the organization.

The PKK has led an armed campaign against the Turkish state for four decades and is also considered to be a terrorist organisation by the U.S. and the European Union, in addition to being on the Turkish terror list.

"This double-standard attitude by Germany in the fight against terrorism is worrying in the name of global struggle with terrorism", said the statement. Turkey has previously accused Germany of not doing enough to stop PKK activities.

"We are inviting Germany to demonstrate a principled approach against all forms of terror", it added.

German-Turkish ties have plunged to an all-time low since last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the subsequent crackdown in Turkey which has seen more than 50,000 people arrested.

Germany has criticised the mass arrests, refused to extradite people Turkey says were involved in the putsch attempt and demanded the release of around a dozen German citizens arrested in recent months.

"We will have to further cut back our joint economic cooperation with Turkey and scrutinise projects", Merkel told the Passauer Neuen Presse newspaper in an interview when asked how she wants to secure the release of Germans held in Turkey. He was also detained in Turkey's southeast.

TheLocal.fr has learned from the AFP that Loup Bureau, a journalist who had been jailed in Turkey, will be released.

Merkel, whose conservatives are expected to win the election and secure her a fourth term in office, said on Tuesday that Germany would restrict some arms sales to Turkey.

Turkey released French journalist Loup Bureau who was seized by security forces on the Iraqi border last month, his lawyer said on Friday.

She said she would talk to Germany's European Union partners to reach a compromise on ending Turkey's accession talks with the bloc.



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