TurkeyThe Foreign Ministry summoned Germany’s ambassador to Ankara on Tuesday evening to protest comments made by a senior German politician who compared President Tayyip Erdogan to a “little sewer rat”.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the insulting statements made by Wolfgang Kubicki, the Deputy Speaker of the German Federal Parliament, about our President (Erdogan) in a speech during the election campaign of Lower Bavaria state. Saxony,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said. in a report.
“(Kubicki) is completely devoid of political morality and responsibility,” Bilgic said, adding that such “indecent statements essentially give an idea of Kubicki’s political and moral level and reveal his vulgarity.”
Contacted by Reuters, Kubicki confirmed he made the comment at an election campaign rally while trying to draw attention to an increase in the number of illegal migrants from Turkey along the so-called Balkan route to Germany.
“A sewer rat is a cute, but at the same time smart and clever little creature that also appears in children’s stories,” Kubicki said, citing the popular animated film “Ratatouille” as an example.
Kubicki, a lawmaker from the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), one of Germany’s ruling coalition parties, said Erdogan got a good deal for Turkey when he agreed to reduce the number of refugees entering the European Union in 2015.
“But at the same time, it should be noted that the wave of refugees along the Balkan route (from Turkey) is rising again, which is a challenge for German foreign and domestic policy,” he said.
Turkey is a candidate for EU membership, but negotiations have long stalled due to disagreements over a number of issues, including Ankara’s human rights record, migration and geopolitics.
Insulting the President is a criminal offense in Turkeywhere Erdogan and his ruling AK party have been in power for two decades.