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German Foreign Minister Meets Turkish Counterpart in Berlin

September 19th, 2014

News from Berlin – Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with his Turkish counterpart on Thursday the 18th of September. The meeting with His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoǧlu was part of a series of conversations between Steinmeier and his counterparts, organized to improve intercultural dialogue and to foster understanding between the nations of Turkey and Germany.

It is the first official visit to Germany of Çavuşoǧlu, who was sworn in as Turkey’s new Foreign Minister at the 29th of August, after an extensive career as part of the Council of Europe. The meeting with Steinmeier was about Turkish-German relations in general, but also placed significant importance on the Turkish road to become a member of the European Union. Both ministers shared their views and opinions, and gave insight into both German and Turkish political stances on the European Union.

Besides these topics, the ministers also conferred about the precarious situation currently developing in the countries close to the Turkish southern border. The rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as well as problems resulting from the Syrian Civil War were discussed, as well as a number of other topics. In that sense, the meeting was a success, as many topics of great importance to both countries were discussed. With a large Turkish community in Germany, and many German tourists flocking to Turkey every summer, one can only hope that relations between the two countries stay as good as they are. As such, meetings like these between the two ministers are of great value.

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