German MFA Cancels Concert Dedicated to Armenian Genocide in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL (Armenpress) — The German Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on the cancellation of Dresden Symphony Orchestra’s concert dedicated to the Armenian Genocide at the German Consulate General in Istanbul.

“The premises of the Consulate in Istanbul will not be free on November 13,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

According to the German DPA new agency, the decisions to cancel the concert was made when the ministry was informed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavusoglu and Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci were invited to attend the concert. German MFA mdrezden-1entioned that the invitations had been sent without consulting with the Ministry.

The Dresden Symphony Orchestra plans to perform the concert called “Aghet” (tragedy) in Belgrade and Yerevan in November. Turkey has announced it was exiting the European Union’s Creative Europe Program. According to reports, the pullout was in response to the concert in commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has even announced about his support for the project. “This project offers the audience to abandon the world of hatred. I am convinced that only people who get acquinted to the dreams and traumas of others can foster the establishment of a bright future,” Steinmeier had said.

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