Sep 09 2019

Turkey and Germany discuss Turkey's EU accession

Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Faruk Kaymakçı was to meet with Germany’s Federal Foreign Office State Secretary Andreas Michaelis in Berlin to discuss current matters between the two countries and Turkey’s accession to the EU, announced the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

Kaymakçı and Michaelis met on Monday to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation, before Germany assumes the presidency of the European Council in 2020, according to the ministry.

Kaymakçı went on to meet with the president and members of the Committee on European Union Affairs of the German Federal Parliament, MPs, officials, the media and think tanks, said the ministry.

Kaymakçı also met with business people and representatives from the Turkish community in Berlin, who constitute one of the most important aspects of Turkey’s relationship with Germany, according to the ministry.

"Deputy minister Faruk Kaymakçı met with the Turkish community in our embassy and discussed our country's accession to the EU and opportunities for cooperation," said Turkey's Berlin Embassy on Twitter.

There are some 1.5 million Turkish citizens living in Germany according to official records. With Turkish-born persons getting German citizenship, some estimates cite the total number of Turks in Germany as close to three million. 

Germany and Turkey have joint operations in the automotive and weapons manufacturing industries, as well as various other fields.