Germany and Turkey Move to Improve Bilateral Relations

German-Turkish flag Photo: Wikimedia Commons
German-Turkish flag Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The foreign ministers of Germany and Turkey have agreed to begin working on improving the bilateral relations between the countries to mark an end of high tensions.

The efforts to restore the friendly relations between the countries came to light after the foreign ministers of the concerned countries met in Germany.

The German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel hosted his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a bid to end the bilateral tensions.

The top diplomats of Germany and Turkey spoke to journalists in the German city of Goslar and said they have been assigned to work on improving the ties between the countries.

The German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said they will do “everything we can to overcome the difficulties there have been in German-Turkish relations and to find more common ground in the future.”

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, “as two foreign ministers, we believe we can overcome this through dialogue,” despite the obvious differences between the two countries.

The Turkish and German bilateral relations had been at a record low after the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016.

The Turkish authority jailed a German journalist and activist on terror charges. At the same time, Germany refused to extradite the asylum seekers whom the Turkish authority regarded as coup plotters.

Last year in July, Turkey accused Germany of harboring terrorists which soured the bilateral relations even more.

The Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter, “As a country providing shelter to PKK and FETO terrorists in its own territory, statements by Germany are just double standards and unacceptable.”

The new move by the countries to improve ties didn’t come as a surprise to the political analysts. Despite their differences, Turkey and Germany need one another.

Especially for Turkey, Germany is very important because more than three million people of Turkish descent live there.

Political analyst and journalist Dominic Kane evaluated the move as, “The point here is that the two countries need each other. From the German perspective, the deal made between Turkey and the EU is one that must succeed. Likewise, Germany is an important country for Turkey, given that there are millions of people living in Germany who are of Turkish descent.”

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