FM Çavuşoğlu speaks with German counterpart for first time since elections

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 29.09.2017 13:10
Updated 29.09.2017 13:13
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Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel for the first time since the general elections in Germany, diplomatic sources said Friday.

No information regarding the content of the conversation between the two ministers has been provided.

Relations between Turkey and Germany, home to three million ethnic Turks, have been badly strained, particularly since the failed coup attempt a year ago against Turkey's democratically elected government by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). Turkey accuses Germany of harboring high-ranking FETÖ figures and soldiers linked to the coup attempt, in addition to activities of PKK and DHKP-C terrorist groups in Germany.

The two countries were also involved in a bitter diplomatic spat over German parliament's bill describing 1915 events as "genocide" and Turkey's counter measure of preventing German lawmakers to visit German anti-Daesh troops deployed at the Incirlik base. Germany pulled out its 260 military personnel and fighters from Turkey in June, and redeployed them in Jordan.

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