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Newsline: German embassy, consular offices temporarily close in Turkey

Germany has temporarily closed its embassy in Ankara, reportedly because of fears of an attack. Turks are said to be outraged by a German magazine’s depiction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a dictator. Germany closed its embassy and all other consular offices in Turkey, with reports that officials feared the buildings might come under attack. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that its embassy and consular offices, including the main consulate in Istanbul, would be closed from September 12 to September 16. However, the ministry did not comment on the reason. Germany’s “Bild” newspaper reported that the decision had been taken as a precaution after the German Foreign Ministry learned that mob attacks were likely during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday. Public outrage in Turkey was said to be brewing over the depiction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the latest edition of German news magazine “Der Spiegel.”



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