Turkish, German FMs to meet on Wednesday amid rally ban row

Turkish, German FMs to meet on Wednesday amid rally ban row

The president's comments followed the recent cancellation of a rally in the German town of Gaggenau where Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag was expected to meet with the Turkish community to speak with about the upcoming referendum that would increase the president's powers.

The meeting was part of Ankara's effort to rally support among Germany's estimated 1.5 million Turkish citizens for an April referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish presidency.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, are to meet next week in Germany, in a bid to calm tensions, Yildirim said. Police said shortly after that a second gathering he had been due to attend in the western town of Frechen was also cancelled.

Erdogan says they are vital in tackling Kurdish rebels, Islamist militants and other political enemies in a land with a history of unstable coalition governments.

"Mrs. Merkel says [Germans] respect freedom of expression; the foreign minister says we have no impact on this decision, but if you look carefully at both, they do not criticize the decision of the German towns", Bozdag said on Saturday.

Henk Van Bentham, the mayor of a district in Cologne, hit back at Turkish criticism of the ban, saying he feels "local authorities in a democratic country are being ridiculed", and it's "not doing any good for people of Turkish origin who like living in Germany".

The German and Turkish foreign ministers appeared to tone down the rhetoric later in the day after a telephone conversation during which Cavusoglu relayed Turkey's "unease" over the cancellation of the Turkish justice and economy ministers' campaign programs, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said.

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Deniz Yucel, who works for Die Welt, is accused of producing terrorist propaganda and undermining the Turkish government.

City authorities cited a lack of space in the vehicle park designated for the meeting.

City officials said they canceled that event because organizers had misled them about its goal, saying they were initially told it would be a theater performance.

Merkel has defended the decision made by local officials and questioned whether basic freedoms were being upheld in Turkey. "They want to prevent (the creation) of a strong Turkey".

Turkey arrested a German-Turkish reporter last week, straining ties.

Berlin accuses Ankara of overreacting after a failed military coup last July, which triggered a wide-scale crackdown on supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the plot.

Yildirim said the moves were "an unfortunate decision against democracy, freedoms".