Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opens mosque in Cologne


Posted: Sep. 29, 2018 7:00 am Updated: Sep.

It was also believed that a simple visit of Mr. Erdogan "is not sufficient to normalise relations". Construction of one of Europe's largest mosques financed the "Turkish-Islamic Union" (DITIB) - religious organization that controls Ankara.

Mr Erdogan on Saturday in Cologne also inaugurated a new mosque - seen as a symbol of the integration of three million people of Turkish origin in Germany - although the resonance was undermined by the absence of key German politicians.

The attorney representing an evangelical Christian pastor from North Carolina who is jailed in Turkey said he plans to petition the country's highest court for his client's release.

At a state dinner Friday with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Erdogan alluded to the "hundreds, thousands", of terrorists living in Germany. Hundreds of anti-Erdogan demonstrators gathered at a separate area. Turkey blames Gulen for the failed coup attempt.

Hundreds of people have gathered in the German city of Cologne to protest against a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The foreign minister also briefed the United Nations chief on atrocities committed by Indian occupying forces in the valley. He said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, a commander of the Indian navy, confessed to his involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.

Later, Erdogan will deliver an opening speech to the assembly.

The case has strained ties between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Turkey and the US.

Mr Erdogan negotiated a potentially thorny news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel without any major provocation, smiling when security bundled out a journalist wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "freedom for journalists".

In 2016, fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey imported 83.9 million euros in arms from Germany, requiring 213 export permits, making Turkey at the time one of the top 20 most important arms buyers for the German arms industry, according to DPA.

In remarks published on Monday, Mr. Erdogan has strongly criticized the statements of his German counterpart, saying that they are "not very appropriate" and that Turkey would not treat a host of the sort.