January 6, 2018 / 11:05 AM / 8 months ago

Turkey, Germany agree on need for dialogue to improve ties - Turkish foreign minister

GOSLAR, Germany (Reuters) - Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday he had agreed with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel that “difficulties and disagreement” with Germany needed to be solved through dialogue and cooperation.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a meeting in Goslar, Germany, January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Cavusoglu signalled on Friday he wanted to build bridges with Germany, Turkey’s biggest trade partner and an important NATO ally, after disagreements such as over Ankara’s large-scale crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed 2016 coup and the arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Mark Potter

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