Germany's top diplomat confirms Erdogan's upcoming visit to Berlin

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday dismissed criticism of a planned state visit from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"I am of the opinion that we should treat an elected head of state fittingly, and that's what the German president has done," Maas told journalists in Berlin, confirming media reports that Erdogan had been invited to visit Germany.
According to a weekend report in Germany's Bild newspaper, Erdogan is expected to make a state visit to Germany at the end of September, which would entail a military reception and a state banquet.
The leader of the environmentalist Greens, Cem Ozdemir, decried the plans to host Erdogan, saying he was "no normal president in a democracy."
Maas said that he believed "you should talk to people with whom you have a lot of open questions."
It would still be possible to discuss uncomfortable questions if Erdogan were welcomed with full honours as a state guest, Maas said.

Monday, July 30th 2018

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