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Foreign Minister Gabriel in Berlin with his Turkish counterpart Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister Gabriel in Berlin with his Turkish counterpart Çavuşoğlu, © Florian Gaertner/photothek.net

06.03.2018 - Article

Sigmar Gabriel will meet with his Turkish counterpart to discuss the steps that are needed to rebuild the trust that has been lost between Germany and Turkey.

Gabriel to meet with Çavuşoğlu in Berlin

Foreign Minister Gabriel will receive his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, for talks in Berlin today (6 March). The Ministers will meet at the Federal Foreign Office’s Guest House on the banks of Lake Tegel in Berlin to resume the dialogue they have been conducting over the past weeks. The recent release of Deniz Yücel was an important step and helped clear the way for a normalisation of the relationship between Germany and Turkey. For this to occur, however, important further steps are needed.

On the agenda: the situation in the Middle East

Gabriel and Çavuşoğlu in the garden in Villa Borsig, the Federal Foreign Office’s guesthouse
Gabriel and Çavuşoğlu in the garden in Villa Borsig, the Federal Foreign Office’s guesthouse© Florian Gaertner/photothek.net

At their meeting, the Ministers will discuss bilateral and international issues. A special focus of the talks will be the situation in Syria. The Federal Foreign Office recently expressed its concern about the risk of further escalation in the north of the country; it urged that the ceasefire agreed by the UN Security Council be respected.

Germany and Turkey are linked in a host of different ways. More than three million people with Turkish roots live in Germany, and this has created special ties between the two countries. Since early 2016, however, relations between Germany and Turkey have become increasingly strained.

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