Germany’s ambassador to Ankara received protest note after senior official called President Erdogan a ‘sewage rat’
Turkey has expressed outrage over derogatory remarks by German Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Berlin’s ambassador to Ankara was summoned on Tuesday to receive a note from “strong” protest against these statements, reported the public agency Anadolu.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic condemned Kubicki “insulting statements” made during his election campaign in Lower Saxony, claiming that they were “unacceptable” and that the politician was “is not suitable” for his position in parliament.
While the Foreign Ministry did not reveal which particular statements caught Ankara’s attention, some media outlets pointed out that Kubicki called Erdogan a “sewer rat” and blaming him for potentially creating another migrant crisis in Europe.
“He is completely devoid of political morality and responsibility,” Bilgic said of Kubicki, adding that such “indecent statements” indicate his “political and moral level, and reveal its vulgarity.”
Kubicki has since confirmed to Reuters that he actually called Erdogan a “sewer rat” while addressing a rally during his election campaign. The German politician, who is part of the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party, one of the ruling parties in the country, said he made the comparison while trying to draw attention to the increase in the number of illegal migrants moving to Germany from Turkey, he said “could intentionally trigger the next [migrant] crisis.”
« The wave of refugees along the Balkan route [from Türkiye] rises again, which is a challenge for German foreign and domestic policy,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
According to the Guardian, Ankara has allowed thousands of Syrian refugees to congregate along the Turkey-Greece border, who are expected to attempt to cross into the EU collectively. Nicknamed the “caravan of light” by its organizers, the refugee convoy is believed to have between 85,000 and 100,000 members.
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