Germany ministry calls Turkey key Islamist 'platform'

German government said that Turkey has become \"the central platform of action for Islamist groups\" in the Middle East.

Published: 16th August 2016 11:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2016 11:26 PM   |  A+A-


BERLIN: The German government said in a confidential document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday that Turkey has become "the central platform of action for Islamist groups" in the Middle East.

The statement, first reported by ARD public television, was contained in a classified section of a reply from the Interior Ministry to questions from an opposition party.

In it, the ministry said "numerous statements of solidarity and supportive actions" for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and "groups in the armed Islamist opposition in Syria" by Turkey's governing party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "underline their ideological affinity with the Muslim Brothers."

The Aug. 10 document added that "as a result of Ankara's domestic and foreign policy that has been Islamized step-by-step above all since 2011, Turkey has developed into the central platform of action for Islamist groups in the Middle East region."

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, is shunned as a terrorist group by the European Union and the U.S.

The Interior Ministry issued a statement saying the document is "classified as confidential, therefore we cannot comment publicly on the content."

It added that because of a "clerical error," the Foreign Ministry wasn't involved in the final draft of the answer to The Left Party, which had asked whether "the Muslim Brothers gained influence" after the governing party under Erdogan, who was previously prime minister, took office.

The Turkish government said it had no immediate comment on the document.

Relations between Germany and Turkey have been frayed since the German parliament voted June 2 to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide.

The Turkish government also has bristled at criticism of the scope of its crackdown following the aborted July 15 coup and has complained of a lack of support from the West.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp