Strained relationship: Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Jean Asselborn at meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in September.
Turkey attacks Asselborn
Turkey’s foreign ministry has attacked Jean Asselborn over his radio interview with Deutschlandfunk last week.
In a statement issued on the website of Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs, spokesperson Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, wrote that Luxembourg is “one of the leading countries in Europe that provide support to terrorism.”
The statement was a response to an interview Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn gave on German radio in which he said that the Turkish regime’s response to a failed coup attempt was reminiscent of the “methods used during Nazi rule”.
“These unfortunate statements of Mr. Asselborn, foreign minister of a country whose contribution to the efforts to combat terrorism at the global level is controversial, demonstrate how incapable he is in understanding the scale and character of the terrorist threat facing Turkey and his failure to assess it in a right way,” the Turkish statement reads. “We would expect from Minister Asselborn to condemn on every occasion the terrorists who attempted the bloody coup which resulted in the death of our 246 citizens.”
Müftüoğlu goes on to say that Asselborn’s words were “totally unsubstantiated” and that his comparison to the efforts by Turkey to prevent another coupe to “a black period of Europe” shows his “lack of knowledge of history and his inability to make an objective assessment.”