Ankara: Turkey summoned the German ambassador in Ankara on Monday over a report in magazine Der Spiegel that Germany`s BND intelligence agency had been spying on its NATO ally for years, a Turkish foreign ministry official said.
The German magazine reported at the weekend that Berlin had identified Ankara as a top surveillance target in an internal government document from 2009.
Turkey`s acting foreign ministry undersecretary Erdogan Iscan met German Ambassador Eberhard Pohl to voice Turkey`s concerns about the report, the official said, without giving further details.
A German government spokeswoman, asked by reporters whether Turkey was a friendly nation which should not therefore be the target of spying, replied: "Germany cooperates closely with Turkey in many different areas."
A German foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that the ambassador was invited to discuss the issue by the Turkish government, but disputed that he had been "summoned".
Germany is Turkey`s largest trading partner in the EU and is also home to some three million Turks, the largest diaspora in Europe.