US Pastor's Case To Be Taken to Turkey's High Court

Arturo Kim
October 4, 2018

The inauguration on Saturday capped a controversial three-day state visit aimed at repairing frayed ties with Berlin after two years of tensions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she and the leaders of Turkey, Russia, and France planned to hold a summit next month on the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

Erdogan asked Germany during his visit to label Gulen's network a terrorist organization but Berlin said it needed more evidence.

"The two parties are willing to move forward to get out of the impasse", said Ilke Yoygur, an analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid.

"We will continue to protect our citizens, wherever they may be", - said Erdogan.

The newspaper quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on the flight home: "I don't know all of the names but it is a substantial list".

Erdogan faced criticism at a state dinner Friday from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier over arrests of journalists, trade unionists and academics in a crackdown after a failed coup past year.

In 2016 Turkey as a partner of Germany in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was included in the twenty largest countries-importers of German arms.

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Mr Steinmeier said the "strong emotions" the visit aroused in Germany were a reflection of tensions that have yet to be overcome and warned: "A single visit is not enough to restore normality".

Turkey hit back with duties on United States cars, alcohol and tobacco.

He further vowed to combat "twisted diplomacy" that applies sanctions against Turkey by pleading for "a pastor who is being tried due to obscure relations with a terror group".

Since in mid-2016, arms sales from Germany to Turkey have fallen dramatically.

Mr Pierini said the visit "illustrated sharp divergences on rule of law, especially freedom of speech and freedom of dissent".

"My feeling is that the path to normalisation will be long and arduous", he added.

The Turkish president called on Germany to take a hard line against Kurdish separatists.

But he expressed satisfaction that "both sides made a cautious attempt at rapprochement".

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