Olivier Douliery (AFP)
German Foreign Ministry says all summit participants must abide by the law
Germany has asked Turkey not to bring any members of the security delegation involved in the May brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington DC, to the G20 summit in Hamburg at the start of July.
Martin Schafer, a spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry, said on Monday: “Some foreign security services of the Turkish delegation did not abide by the law and therefore those people are not welcome in Germany for the foreseeable future.”
According to German media, the Foreign Ministry was given a list of the names of the members of the 50-person delegation that was to travel with Erdogan to Hamburg, which reportedly included the names of some people who were involved in the bloody clash in Washington. German newspaper Die Welt reports that Turkey was then told that those bodyguards could not attend the summit.
CNN reports that Schafer would neither confirm nor deny the reports, but clarified that everyone at the summit would be subject to the law of the land. “The Turkish side, just like all other guests who travel to Germany must abide by German law,” he said. “This is what our Turkish partners also know.”
The key visit to the US by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was marred by bloody clashes that took place outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence after he met his American counterpart Donald Trump.
US officials said Erdogan’s bodyguards attacked a small group of pro-Kurdish protesters gathered outside the building and the incident ignited a storm of controversy.
Turkey blamed the violence on supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who started a fight with pro-Erdogan US-based Turks.
In the aftermath of the brawl, Turkey summoned the US ambassador to complain about the “aggressive behavior” of American security personnel and “security lapses” during the visit.
US Senator John McCain responded by saying that the actions of Erdogan’s security detail meant the Turkish ambassador should be thrown “the hell out of the United States of America.”