Chanting anti-Israeli slogans at the election rally by the Turkish Party of Justice and Development /AK/ of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 20 in the Zetra Hall in Sarajevo in principle is unacceptable for the German Government, the German Embassy in Sarajevo told.
“The German Federal Government finds the chanting of slogans that are directed against a country or a religion in a humiliating way unacceptable in principle. This particularly holds true for anti-Israeli and anti-semitic statements,” the spokeswoman for the German Embassy in BiH, Natascha Garloff-Jonkers, told SRNA.
She has said that the German Embassy does not voice its opinion on visits to and public speaking of foreign heads of state and prime ministers in BiH.
The US Embassy in Sarajevo says that a visit and a rally by Turkish President Erdogan in Zetra fall into the domain of bilateral relations between BiH and Turkey.
“In principle, we believe that gatherings and rallies held in a sovereign state are in the jurisdiction of that state, in keeping with state and international laws. In general, the US supports the right of citizens to peaceful and lawful gathering and expression of opinion, regardless of where they are,” the US Embassy’s public relations office told SRNA.
The Embassies of Great Britain and France had no comment on chanting against Israel by supporters of the Turkish president, while the Embassy of Israel, which covers BiH from Tirana, did not issue any press release on this issue.
Prior to the rally by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 20 in Sarajevo’s Zetra Hall, several thousand supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chanted “Allahu Akbar” and slogans against Israel.