Turkish FM Cavusoglu says meeting with German counterpart ‘beneficial’ amid Nazi debate

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he held a very beneficial meeting with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday, amid continued tension between the two countries over the cancelation of Turkish ministers’ meetings in Germany.

Cavusoglu was in German city Hamburg yesterday where he addressed a crowd of Turkish expatriates from his country’s Hamburg consulate’s official residence telling them Germany had to abandon its “systemic anti-Turkish hostilities”.

“I would have wanted to have conducted this meeting in a spacious hall. Unfortunately, three wedding halls and a hotel were systematically cancelled as a result of pressure and even threats from German officials,” Cavusoglu had told the gathered crowd yesterday.

Erdogan had previously lambasted German authorities for cancelling two separate talks by Minister of Justice Bakir Bozdag and Minister of the Economy Nihat Zeybekci in Germany saying, “You have nothing to do with democracy whatsoever. There is no difference between these practices and those of the Nazis.”

Earlier in the day, Gabriel said Berlin and Ankara should return to “normal, better relations” after his meeting with Cavusoglu, adding that their meeting “was sincere, but at the same time intense and heated.”

Cavusoglu later announced that German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel would be visiting Turkey in the coming period.