Turkey will resist US efforts to impose sanctions on Ankara over the trial of a Christian pastor who has been detained for two years, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, accusing the preacher of having "dark links with terror".
The opening of the mosque in Cologne have completed a three-day official visit to Germany, President of Turkey.
Mount Qandil is home to the PKK terror group's headquarters and the group initially established a presence in Sinjar in 2014 on the pretext of "protecting" the local Ezidi community from the Daesh terrorist group.
Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a defeated coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which left 251 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.
On recent developments in the Turkish economy, Erdogan said, "They tried to topple our economy under the cover of darkness".
Many waved Turkey's red and white flag or held up pictures of Erdogan, with crowds cheerfully breaking into regular chants of the president's name or shouting "Who is the greatest?"More news: Trump says it’s ‘a very scary time for young men in America’
Erdogan said that the U.S. has lost "its reliability with its additional implementations on Turkey".
Mr Erdogan's full state visit came just one-and-a-half-months after Turkey endured a currency crisis which saw the lira plunge some 40 per cent in a spat with the United States that highlighted the importance of Ankara's economic ties to Europe.
After the deterioration of relations between the United States and Turkey, President Erdogan urged foreign companies to invest in the country's economy.
The case of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, whose next court hearing is on October 12, has plunged ties between Ankara and Washington into crisis, leading to US sanctions and tariffs which helped push Turkey's lira to record lows in August.
He also drew attention to relations with Russian Federation, and vowed to further strengthen "positive cooperation in the days ahead".