Turkey asks Germany to clarify "Islamist platform" claim after leak

Turkey called on Germany for clarification Wednesday, after a confidential government document leaked to the German press referred to the country as a "central platform" for Islamist groupings.

The allegations are further "evidence of the biased attitude that, for some time now, attempts to demoralize our country while taking aim at our president and government," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in Ankara.

In the statement the ministry asked Germany for clarification on the comments.

The official document, seen by public broadcaster ARD, said the "Islamization" of Turkey's domestic and foreign policy has made the country a hub for Islamist groups.

"As a result of the increasing Islamization of Ankara's domestic and foreign policy since 2011, Turkey has become a central platform for action for Islamist groupings in the ... Middle East region," according to an official response to an enquiry from the opposition Left Party.

Turkey is a country that "always fights terror sincerely regardless of the origin," the statement said. The same is expected from Turkey's partners and allies, it continued.

The statement also said "certain political circles" are obviously behind the claims, saying there are "double standards," referring specifically to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). In a separate part of the confidential document, the Interior Ministry said it could not be made public because that might risk "the wellbeing of the (German) state," ARD reported. In late July, Germany banned Erdogan from delivering an address via live video stream to a demonstration organized by the president's supporters, while a top official in the armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was allowed to address a rally via videolink in 2011. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have remained largely neutral on Turkey's foreign policy and have failed to condemn a sweeping purge of suspected supporters of the July 15-16 military coup attempt.

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Germany calls Turkey a hub for Islamist groups in leaked document

The German government says the "Islamization" of Turkey's domestic and foreign policy has made the country a hub for Islamist groups, according to a confidential document seen by public broadcaster ARD.

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