Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that Turkey does not intervene in Germany’s internal politics, while asking Berlin not to give instructions to Ankara.
Germany cannot interfere in Turkey’s internal affairs and must know its place, the Turkish foreign minister said, referring to Berlin’s reaction to Osman Kavala’s verdict.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Turkey is bringing to heel “those who despise the country, interfere in its internal affairs and those who try to teach the country a lesson”.
He was speaking at a fast-breaking dinner (iftar) in the southwestern province of Antalya during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“We respect them and we expect them to respect us as well,” Cavusoglu said.
“We don’t interfere in their internal politics, and they can’t interfere in our internal politics, our justice system, our institutions, and they can’t give (us) instructions.”
Turkish justice delivers verdict in Gezi Parki case
German envoy summoned
On Friday, Türkiye summoned Germany‘s top representative to Ankara, condemning Berlin’s attempt to interfere with Turkey’s independent courts.
The move came after Germany summoned Türkiye’s ambassador to Berlin over this week’s Gezi Parki verdict.
German Ambassador Jurgen Schulz was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry by Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci, in charge of European Affairs.
Ankara condemned the politicization of the Kavala affair and the summoning of Türkiye’s ambassador to Berlin to the German Foreign Ministry, calling it contrary to diplomatic practices.
Sources added that Kaymakci told Schulz that the condemnation of the independent Turkish judiciary cannot be questioned by any institution, authority or country.
Türkiye also cited the Vienna Convention’s principle of non-interference in a country’s internal affairs.
On Monday, an Istanbul court sentenced Kavala to an aggravated life sentence for trying to overthrow the government by funding the 2013 protests in Gezi Park.