Turkish, German Foreign Ministers Hold Phone Call Amid Rally Ban Row

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a phone conversation with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel amid tensions over banning Ankara’s campaign rallies in Germany, local media reported, citing Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, the phone conversation late on Sunday took place upon request from the German side.

On Thursday, the authorities of Germany’s southwest city of Gaggenau withdrew the permission for Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag to address locally residing Turkish citizens, citing overcrowding concerns. Another event in Cologne, where Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci was expected to speak on Sunday, was also canceled amid security concerns.

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The cancellation of German rallies as well as Dutch opposition to a similar rally in Rotterdam angered Ankara, with Cavusoglu claiming nothing would hold Turkish officials back from meeting their people. He was expected to address the Rotterdam gathering on March 11.

Ankara is seeking support of its large expat community in Germany for a constitutional change that would expand powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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