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Denys Bédarride
Tuesday 19 January 2021 Last update on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 At 10:14 AM

“Turkey and Germany have agreed to revive bilateral dialogue mechanisms,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

The Head of Turkish Diplomacy hosted his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, on January 18 in Ankara.

After meetings, the two ministers hosted a joint press briefing.

“We have agreed with Berlin to revive our bilateral dialogue mechanisms,” said Mevlut Cavusoglu. “We will continue to cooperate to strengthen our relations in various fields.”

Cavusoglu remarked that “the Turkish community living in Germany is an important link in relations”.

“Moreover, the scientists who developed the vaccine against Covid-19 in Germany are of Turkish origin and an important point in the subject of integration, and we are proud of them,” he insisted. But racism, xenophobia and rising Islamophobia in Europe have had negative effects on the Turkish community in Germany too. “

The Minister also addressed relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU).

“We are seeing a more positive climate in relations with the EU lately, following positive steps from Europe,” he said. […] Heiko Maas and Germany have played a very important role in achieving this positive climate and I thank them. But we must support all of this with concrete steps. “

Cavusoglu thus called for updating the agreement on the Customs Union, for strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the migration issue, for example.

“In addition, the exploratory meetings between Turkey and Greece resume on January 25 thanks to the efforts of Germany”, he concluded.

Source Anadolu Agency