Turkish, German FM’s meet in Turkey's Antalya

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L) met with his Turkish counterpart Mvlüt Çavuşoğlu in Antalya, Nov. 4, 2017. (AA Photo)
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L) met with his Turkish counterpart Mvlüt Çavuşoğlu in Antalya, Nov. 4, 2017. (AA Photo)

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Germany held a breakfast meeting in Turkey's southern Antalya province on Saturday, in a sign of thawing ties.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel discussed bilateral relations, problematic issues between the two countries and both sides' expectations.

The two ministers are in Antalya for the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament held as part of the European Tour Rolex Series.

The tournament, in which 78 players are competing, is held at the Regnum Carya Golf & Resort.

Çavuşoğlu later tweeted photos from their meeting on his Twitter account.

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been strained since the defeated coup in Turkey last year as Turkish politicians criticize their German counterparts for failing to show strong solidarity with Ankara against the attempted military takeover.

Ankara has also criticized Berlin for ignoring outlawed groups and terrorist organizations like the PKK and Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which continue to operate in Germany.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader, Fetullah Gülen, orchestrated the failed coup of July 15, 2016.

Despite disagreements, both sides have expressed interest in dialogue to improve relations between the two countries.

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