Turkish PM: Germany must choose between Ankara and coup plotters

Turkish PM: Germany must choose between Ankara and coup plotters

Germany must decide whether it wants to stand with Turkey or with alleged coup plotters, Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim said today.

Speaking to his party members, Yildirim criticized Germany’s decision to grant asylum to soldiers involved in a failed coup attempt last summer, calling it “a significant development in the regression of our relations again,” the Associated Press reported.

Calling on Germany to choose, Yildirim said, “If it wants to develop its relations with Turkey, further strengthen its historic friendship, then it needs to turn towards the Republic of Turkey” rather than groups Turkey deems terror organizations, including Kurdish militants and the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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