Turkey wants Germany to explain 'Islamist platform' claim

Turkey says it wants a clarification from Berlin over reports in Germany about a confidential government document that says Turkey has become a platform of action for Islamist groups.

The document, first reported by ARD public television and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, was contained in a classified section of a reply from the German Interior Ministry to questions from an opposition party.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement on Wednesday dismissed the reports as the "work of the distorted mentality" in Germany that aims to harm Turkey.

The ministry insists Turkey is a country that fights "all forms of terrorism with sincerity."

The German document, dated Aug. 10, cited "numerous statements of solidarity and supportive actions" for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Islamist opposition groups in Syria.