August 24, 2017 / 7:49 AM / a year ago

Turkey - Germany ties will remain strained after German elections, Erdogan aide says

ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Ties between Turkey and Germany will remain strained after the German elections on Sept. 24, an adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

“The tension between Turkey and Germany are thought to be about elections, but I don’t think it is. It is a long term strategic calculation. I think it is independent from (Chancellor Angela) Merkel and will continue after the elections,” Cemil Ertem said during an interview with broadcaster NTV.

Relations between Ankara and Berlin have deteriorated sharply in recent months, with tensions escalating further in the latest war of words triggered by Turkey’s use of an Interpol red notice to have Turkish-German writer Dogan Akhanli arrested in Spain. (Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu)

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