August 20, 2018 / 10:18 AM / 4 months ago

Germany not considering financial aid for Turkey: spokesman

People withdraw money from a bank ATM in Izmir, Turkey August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is not considering financial aid for Turkey as a measure to help Ankara weather its currency crisis, a German government spokesman said on Monday.

“The question of German aid for Turkey is not on the government’s agenda at the moment,” Steffen Seibert said during a regular government news conference.

He was responding to a question about the possibility of German financial assistance for Turkey that was raised by Social Democrat (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles at the weekend.

Seibert also said that it was up to Turkey to decide if it wanted to ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance. He added that the question of financial aid was not the focus of talks between German and Turkish leaders.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Maria Sheahan; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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