Germany, Turkey spoke about ‘difficult questions’, Gabriel says

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavuşoğlu spoke about “difficult questions” at talks on Saturday.

During a statement to the press in Gabriel’s hometown of Goslar, Çavuşoğlu said both sides agreed about the need to solve their differences through dialogue, according to Zeit Online. The ministers expressed the wish to put relations on a better footing, it said.

Meetings of a joint German-Turkish economic commission should be resumed, the ministers said. Çavuşoğlu called for a widening of the customs union between Turkey and the European Union.

The incarceration of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel was not mentioned at the press conference, Zeit Online reported.

Prior to the meetings, Çavuşoğlu had called for a reset in relations between the two countries, harmed by Germany’s criticism of Turkey’s human rights record, incarceration of German citizens and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s harsh rhetoric toward Germany.

Yesterday, Gabriel said the release of Yücel was a condition for Germany to restart arms exports to Turkey.