German officials seek Turkish PM visit cancellation

It is the belief of some that Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan may use the visit to reach out to Turkish citizens living in Germany to gain support for his undeclared campaign to become Turkey's next president in the upcoming August 10 elections.

German officials seek Turkish PM visit cancellation

World Bulletin / News Desk

The German Social Affairs Minister of the North Rhine-Westphalia state, Guntram Schneider, has called for a planned visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be cancelled.

Speaking to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, Schneider said that Erdogan's planned visit to the city of Koln on May 24 was wrong, unappropriate and close to being breach of German law.

It is the belief of some that Erdogan may use the visit to reach out to Turkish citizens living in Germany to gain support for his undeclared campaign to become Turkey's next president in the upcoming August 10 elections.

Germany's conservative Christian Social Democrats Union general secretary Andreas Scheuer told Spiegel Online that he didn't believe it was right for Erdogan to carry his election campaign to Germany.

However, Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) denied these claims, adding that the Prime Minister was invited to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the European Turkish Democrats Union.

Green Party co-chairman Cem Ozdemir, who is a German citizen of Turkish origin, said that he felt it was not appropriate for Erdogan to visit Germany so soon after the Soma mine tragedy in western Turkey that killed 301 miners.

Turkish citizens in Germany will be able to vote in the upcoming presidential elections from their local Turkish consulate.

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