German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel hit out Friday against "interference" by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Germany's elections, after the Turkish leader urged Turks living overseas not to vote for parties of the ruling coalition.
Speaking to journalists in Istanbul on Friday, Erdogan said: "I ask all my citizens not to support [major parties] including the Christian Democrats, the SPD or the Greens". "I think Turkish voters should teach a necessary lesson at the ballot box to those political parties who are so aggressive and disrespectful toward Turkey".
Erdogan also said Germany was "chiefly responsible" for recent tensions with Turkey.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had criticized the Turkish president's Friday remarks saying they constituted an interference in the German general election, which is scheduled to take place on September 24.
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Turkey's presidential spokesman on Thursday said Ankara hoped the German authorities would investigate recent media reports claiming a key suspect from last year's defeated coup is living in the European Union country. They are waging a campaign against Turkey.
"We expect foreign governments to not interfere in our internal affairs", said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, on Twitter.
Chancellor Merkel responded immediately, saying that her government would "not stand for any kind of interference" from foreign governments in German elections. It was the first visit to Turkey by the head of Iran's military since the 1979 revolution, Turkish media said.
Ankara became angry earlier this year when Berlin banned Turkish politicians from campaigning in Germany ahead of Turkey's constitutional referendum, citing security concerns. Erdoğan also reiterated his call on Turkish citizens in Germany to cast their votes to parties that does not engage in enmity against Turkey. A number of German nationals, including Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel, have been detained in Turkey on terrorism charges.