Turkey, Germany vow to boost economic ties
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency
Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said the two countries shared the same positions on many global political and economic issues, and their differences on a number of issues were not an obstacle for a closer relationship.
“We have entered a new period in our bilateral relations. We want to further enhance our ties by adopting a sincere and constructive approach, by taking strategic steps” he said.
Albayrak made the remarks at a joint news conference with German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier following their meeting in Berlin.
Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Sönmez also attended the meeting.
Albayrak said during the meeting that they also reviewed preparations for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to Berlin next week.
Erdoğan is scheduled to pay a key visit to Berlin on Sept. 28-29, which would be his first official visit to Germany since 2014.
Support for Turkey’s economy
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz renewed his country’s support for Turkey’s economic stability amid market worries over exchange rate fluctuations.
He said their talks have focused on further developing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, trade and energy.
'Common geostrategic interests'
For his part, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, underlined that Turkey has been a very important economic and trade partner.
“We have very close economic cooperation. More than 7,500 German companies are active in Turkey,” he said.
Altmaier said they agreed Sept. 21 to take steps to further enhance economic relations between the two countries and continue cooperation in addressing the refugee crisis.
“We are sharing common geostrategic interests,” he said, referring to the civil war in Syria and its negative impacts on the region.
“We would like to stabilize the region, which is very often characterized by civil wars and refugees,” he added.
Altmaier expressed hope that Erdoğan’s meeting with Merkel next week would open “a new page” in bilateral relations.
Relations between Ankara and Berlin suffered several setbacks in past years, but both sides have taken steps in recent months towards improving ties.
Germany is also significant for Turkey as more than 3 million people of Turkish origin reside in the country. Many of them are second- and third-generation German-born citizens whose Turkish grandparents moved to the country during the 1960s.