Members of Germany's government have accused Turkey's regime of supporting militant groups in the Middle East, public media report. ARD cited a classified document sent from the Interior Ministry to the Left party.
Citing a classified document from the Interior Ministry to representatives of the Left party on Tuesday the German public broadcaster ARD reported, that members of the government consider Turkey's regime a supporter of militant groups in the Middle East.
German officials appear to have publicly acknowledged, if in a classified document, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's weapons support for militants fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which Turkish journalists have reported in the past.
"Especially since the year 2011 as a result of its incrementally Islamized internal and foreign policy, Turkey has become a central platform for action for Islamist groups in the Middle East," the German officials said, according to ARD.
German security officials also said Erdogan had an "ideological affinity" with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, ARD reported. Suppressed under Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship, the movement went on to produce Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi.
Read more at Deutsche Welle.