Erdoğan invite to Germany revealed as fake news

Turkey’s top diplomat said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to visit Germany after snap elections on June 24, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu, but the claim was later denied by German government sources.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu related the invitation to the media at a press conference following an event marking the 25th anniversary of the racist killing of five Turkish citizens in the northwest German city of Solingen.

Germany has been the subject of much recent criticism by Turkish officials including Erdoğan after it announced that it would not allow them to campaign there.

Erdoğan pointed out that a group related to the majority-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) had been allowed to hold a meeting and accused German officials of working against him and hypocrisy.

However, German police prevented HDP representatives from speaking at the meeting.

There are nearly 1.5 million Turks in Germany with the right to vote in upcoming June 24 elections.

Çavuşoğlu also met with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, and the two men together laid flowers in memory of the Solingen victims.