January 25, 2018 / 1:27 PM / 7 months ago

Turkey expects solidarity from Germany after tanks upgrade move - minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey expects support and solidarity from its ally Germany in its fight against terrorism, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, after the caretaker government in Berlin decided to put on hold any decision on upgrading German leopard tanks in Turkey.

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Council in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Pool

Speaking to reporters following a news conference in Istanbul, Cavusoglu said the meeting of a commission on the tanks was postponed and the move did not amount to halting defence industry cooperation between the two countries.

“While we fight with terrorists, we expect support and solidarity from Germany. We expect them to not support terrorists, but I know they are also under pressure,” Cavusoglu said.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler

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