Recep Tayipp Erdogan has been left furious at comments made in the aftermath of his meeting with Merkel in Anakara after she used phrases including “Islamist terrorism”.
During a joint press conference Merkel appeared well intentioned.
Yet Erdogan took offence when the two leaders were briefing reporters on Thursday after concluding talks on the refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria and joint measures against terrorism.
Mrs Merkel said: “We spoke in detail about… the questions of the fight against Islamist terrorism, against every form of terrorism, also the terrorism of the PKK [the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, banned in Turkey].
“We agree we want to cooperate, we are all affected by this. We agreed to have closer cooperation in the future.” More here.