Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Erdogan's Germany visit exposes splits despite warmer tone

Erdogan's Germany visit exposes splits despite warmer tone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrapped up a three-day trip to Germany on Saturday saying the controversial visit had been "extremely successful".

She said there were "deep differences" between the two countries on civil rights and other issues.

Brunson's detention and subsequent house arrest has incensed US President Donald Trump, who doubled tariffs on aluminium and steel imported from Turkey after talks to instigate the pastor's release broke down.

At one of the rallies on the bank of the Rhine river, demonstrators waved banners reading: "Erdogan not welcome".

A number of Erdogan supporters lined the street leading up to the mosque to greet the Turkish leader.

The Turkish President additionally famous that fluctuations within the Turkish nationwide foreign money didn't mirror financial actuality, and the financial system of Turkey restores the earlier stability.

Both Cologne mayor Henriette Reker and the state's premier Armin Laschet declined to attend the mosque opening ceremony.

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Erdogan faced criticism at a state dinner Friday from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier over arrests of journalists, trade unionists and academics in a crackdown after a failed coup past year.

The mosque visit follows a state banquet Friday that many German opposition politicians skipped.

Ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries soured after Berlin criticised Ankara's crackdown on opponents following a failed 2016 coup, which saw tens of thousands arrested.

"I believe our meetings for two days have cemented a long-established Turkish-German friendship", he said of the visit that aimed to mend ties with Berlin after two years of tension.

Merkel, whose country is home to more than 3 million ethnic Turks, stressed the need for continued dialogue to overcome disagreements.

The two leaders met twice the previous week, however, with Merkel stressing the importance of a "stable" Turkey to help control the influx of migrants to Europe.

Despite the tensions between Turkey and the U.S. over the Brunson case, Erdogan said, "We hope to develop political and economic relations with the United States under a strategic partnership perspective".

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