Merkel congratulates Turkish PM on election victory
BERLIN - Reuters
REUTERS photoGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Nov. 2 to congratulate him on election victory and urged swift joint action to deal with the migrant crisis, a government spokesman said.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept to an unexpected victory in elections on Nov. 1, returning Turkey to single-party rule and boosting the power of President Tayyip Erdoğan.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel welcomed the fact that the elections were peaceful and that Davutoğlu promised in his victory speech that he wanted to overcome polarisation and tensions in Turkish society.
"The German chancellor and the Turkish prime minister also agreed that the bilateral dialogue on stemming the flood of refugees must be continued and swiftly lead to concrete agreements," Seibert said.
Germany alone is expecting between 800,000 and one million migrants this year, twice as many as in any previous year. Many have passed through Turkey en route to Europe.
During a visit in Istanbul last month, Merkel offered Turkey the prospect of support for faster progress in its bid to join the EU in return for cooperation in stemming the flow of migrants and taking back those rejected by Europe.