Germany is sympathetic to the French ambassador recalling from Ankara and fully supports this decision, the German Foreign Minister said.
On Monday, October 26, german Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against French President Emmanuel Macron, calling them “completely unacceptable.” Erdogan previously accused Macron of Islamophobia, called him “sick” and advised “to examine his mental state.” In response, France recalled its ambassador from Ankara for consultations. Speaking on TV Monday, Erdogan also called on Turks to boycott French goods.
The German government informed “our French friends” that it “sympathizes” recalling the ambassador and “fully supports this decision,” Mas said in Berlin. Germany is solidary with France about Erdogan’s personal attacks on Macron and about in the fight against Islamic extremism, the German Foreign Minister said. According to him, racism and Islamophobia should not be put on a par with fighting and Islamic terrorism. Those who do this are playing into the hands of those who seek splitting the society, Mas addressed Erdogan.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert also condemned Erdogan’s statements on Monday. These are offensive words and they are completely unacceptable, especially given the fact that this is a murder committed by an Islamic fanatic, Seibert said.
Why was Erdogan angry with Macron
Erdogan reacted with attacks to Macron’s speech on October 21 during memorial ceremony in memory of teacher Samuel Paty, who was brutally murdered on October 16 near Paris. Emmanuel Macron then stated that Islam was in crisis. “We will not give up caricatures and drawings,” he added. History and geography teacher Samuel Paty showed students during a lesson on freedom of speech cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed from Charlie Hebdo magazine. A few days later, shouting “Allah Akbar!” a young man armed with a kitchen knife attacked and beheaded the teacher Paty.
The attacker was shot dead by the police. It turned out to be the 18-year-old Chechen Abdullah A., born in Moscow and who, according to the Russian embassy in Paris, left Russia with his family in 2008 and received political asylum in France.
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