Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his harsh rhetoric on Israel to call it a "terror state", shortly after returning from a visit to Berlin.
"The person in charge of this terror state has at the moment made the Israeli people cry out and revolt against himself. That is why his end is near," said Erdogan, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Erdogan further associated western governments, including Germany, to what he called "the crusader imperialist structure," without further elaborating.
"Unfortunately, I saw this during my visit last night. I saw that in the president too. And in the other one," Erdogan asserted.
The Turkish leader met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Friday, his first visit to Germany in almost four years.
The controversial visit came shortly after Erdogan's harsh verbal attacks against Israel over the latter's ongoing bombardment of Gaza Strip.
Although Erdogan condemned the murder of hundreds of Israeli civilians by Hamas on October 7, he later described the militant group as freedom fighters.
Meanwhile, one day after the Turkish president's visit, some 4000 people demonstrated in Berlin against a ban on the Kurdistan Workers Party.
The demonstrators carried Kurdish flags and shouted slogans against Erdogan, including labelling him a terrorist.
The PKK has been banned in Germany since 1993. It is also banned as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States.
The police deployed 3,000 officers on the streets of Berlin on Saturday - at the Kurdish protest, at a pro-Palestinian demonstration and at a football friendly between Germany and Turkey .
Australian Associated Press
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