German ambassador visits Turkish Foreign Ministry twice in 3 days

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ANKARA, TURKEY - JANUARY 15: Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) is welcomed by German ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann (R) during his visit to German Embassy as he offers his condolences for those who lost their lives during the terror attack in Istanbul, on January 15, 2016 at in Ankara, Turkey. AFP

German Ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann went to the Foreign Ministry and met with officials on Monday, the second visit in three days, after he was summoned on Saturday to hear criticism of activities in Germany allegedly linked to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

According to the Hürriyet daily, Turkish officials had invited Erdmann 10 days ago for the Monday meeting; however, news spread in the Turkish media that the German envoy had been summoned again.

The ministry declined to provide details of the meeting.

Earlier on Monday, Der Spiegel reported that Ankara wanted to raise the issue of a German parliamentary motion last year that described the 1915 killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule as genocide, a term that Ankara rejects.

We condemn the permission given for an activity and propaganda of the terrorist PKK in the German city of Cologne. Our position has been expressed to the German ambassador, who was summoned to the ministry,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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