There are profound differences between the German and Turkish leaderships, “German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday in Berlin following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He pointed out that disagreements are mainly in the area of rule of law and human rights, and they should always be discussed because dialogue can only lead to understanding.
As he said, both Germany and Turkey have a strategic interest in a good bilateral relationship. The Turkish community in Germany, the Syrian civil war, migration, the fight against terrorism, NATO membership and a host of other issues link the two countries, but the Berlin and Ankara leadership is thinking very differently about “how it should look a democratic, free and open society “.
In connection with the Syrian civil war, they discussed the situation of the province of Ídlib, where Syrian government forces and their allies are preparing for a major offensive, and initiate a German-Turkish-French-Russian summit. They hope that the meeting can be held in October.
Relations are also being charged with the case of German nationals arrested in Turkey in connection with the 2016 Turkish coup attempt. Dialogue has allowed many cases to be settled, but five German citizens are still in captivity and the German government is also trying to regain their freedom as soon as possible – Angela Merkel said, adding that the matter was to be held on Saturday with the Turkish President they will be on the agenda again.
On the Turkish claim to classify terrorist organizations as the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fetullah Gülen denominator in US emigration, he said that the PKK banned organization in Germany and the German Gülen Movement need more information about the decision.
Angela Merkel also said that both Berlin and Ankara are committed to implementing the EU-Turkey asylum agreement. He stressed among others that it is in the interests of Germany that Turkey is stable and economically strong.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Germany for supporting the supply of refugees from Syria to their homeland and stressed that cooperation should be strengthened primarily in the field of economy.
The Turkish head of state underlined that the German party should respect the decisions of the independent Turkish judiciary and, in the interests of bilateral relations and the security of both countries, should assist the Turkish authorities in their work. Thus, Turkey continues to demand the extradition of terrorist suspects in Germany and the “thousands of PKK members” in connection with the coup d’etat.
They also expect the Turkish authorities to hand over Cumhuriyet to Germany’s former editor-in-chief, Can Dündart, the “secretary of state secrets”.
Angela Merkel said, “It’s no secret” that the Can Dündar case does not agree with the opinions.
With regard to reports that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has resigned the prospect of Can Dündar’s appearance, Chancellor stressed that the journalist himself had chosen not to participate in the press conference.
Security personnel escorted an opposition Turkish journalist for the information, which is unknown for the time being.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Germany on Thursday at the invitation of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Prior to the July presidential election in Turkey, Steinmeier announced that he would invite the next Turkish head of state for an official visit, whoever wins the election.
The federal president stressed in a Friday paper interview that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s three-day trip was not a sign of normalization of bilateral relations. As you said, “we are still far away” but restoring a good relationship can begin with the presidential visit.
The highlight of the official program of the visit is a banquet at the office of the Federal President at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin in honor of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As a sign of criticism of Ankara’s leadership, several leading German politicians abandoned their participation. Not taking part in dinner Angela Merkel either.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday in Chancellor’s office with Angela Merkel, after a new trial in a working lunch, travels to Cologne, where he opens a new central church of the Turkish Islamic Religious Institutions Union (Ditib), a Turkish-state religious authority (Diyanet), with over 1200 seats mosque.
The Turkish President’s visit is accompanied by numerous protests, and in Berlin, nine demonstrations have been announced. The police provide large-scale measures, with the mobilization of about 5,000 people, to the programs of the visit.