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Turkey summons German ambassador over spying report: Official

Reuters | Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:56

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.

First Published: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:56

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