Ankara summons German diplomat over ban on Erdoğan’s videoconference at Cologne rally

Ankara summons German diplomat over ban on Erdoğan’s videoconference at Cologne rally

Ankara, August 1, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

The charge d’affaires at the German Embassy was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Aug. 1 over the ban on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s participation via videoconference at a rally in Cologne, Foreign Ministry sources have confirmed.

The charge d’affaires is expected to meet relevant diplomats at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in the afternoon hours.

The Turkish community in Cologne was set to hold a massive rally to protest the July 15 failed coup attempt with the participation of representatives of different political parties and non-governmental organizations.

Erdoğan wanted to address the participants via video but was rejected by the local authorities and the German Constitutional Court due to security concerns.

Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın called the ban “unacceptable,” saying it was in violation of freedom of expression.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News