Jan 01 2018

Turkey pushes to normalise relations with Germany

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said he expected an improvement in relations between his country and Germany in the near future.

"I think both sides are ready to normalise relations,” German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle quoted Çavuşoğlu as saying.

“So I am expecting a much better year in 2018. From our side, we don't see any crisis. Turkey has no problem with Germany.”

“But Germany has a problem with Turkey, and Germany does not miss an opportunity to attack Turkey," he said.

One reason why the German government is under pressure over its relations with Turkey is the arrest of Turkish-German Die Welt newspaper journalist Deniz Yücel, who has been in prison for 10 months without any formal charges against him, DW said.

"I am also not very happy that the indictment is still not there. But we can only encourage the judiciary to speed up the process. We have done that already," it quoted Çavuşoğlu as saying.

 

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