Erdoğan meets German businesspeople in Berlin
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday received senior representatives of Germany's largest companies and banks in Berlin, Daily Sabah reported.
Erdoğan is visiting Berlin with the hopes of mending ties with Germany after years of heightened tensions between two countries that peaked following a coup attempt in 2016 and the detentions of German nationals in Turkey.
Erdoğan seeks financial help from Europe in order to ease the pressure on Turkish economy recently struggling with exchange rate volatility and souring inflation.
German business has a large stake in the Turkish economy, however German investments to Turkey have declined by almost 20 percent in the past two years.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Die Zeit newspaper on Wednesday that Turkey’s justice system was at fault for decreasing German investment in Turkish industries.
During his meeting with German businesspeople on Friday, Erdoğan underlined that those who have invested in Turkey have always benefited, and international investors will continue to benefit, Daily Sabah said.
M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey; Eric Schweitzer, president of Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Nail Olpak, head of Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), and Markus C. Slevogt, the head of the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry were present during the meeting.