Germany’s Roth calls EU Minister Çelik in gesture of solidarity
ANKARAGerman Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth held a phone conversation with Ömer Çelik, Turkey’s EU minister and chief negotiator with the bloc, as a show of German support for Turkey after it defeated a coup attempt on July 15.
During the conversation, Roth delivered his condolences for Turkey’s losses from both the coup attempt and recent terror attacks in the country.
Çelik thanked Roth for his sensitivity and solidarity, adding the show of solidarity from Germany and other friendly and allied countries during such a period was a crucial message to the world on behalf of shared common values.
Roth’s call came at a time when Turkey has been increasingly expressing its disappointment with the inadequate support it has received from the West in the aftermath of the grave threat to its democracy.
German Ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann had paid a visit to the Turkish parliament on July 29 to view parts of the building that were bombed on July 15 by pro-coup soldiers during their takeover bid.
“The fact that this heavy damage was inflicted on a building that is solid like the parliament building by F-16 warplanes shows the violence of the coup attempt that concluded with, thank God, a failure,” read a tweet shared by the embassy along with pictures.