Ankara and Berlin should restart the bilateral relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.
He published an article in the newspapers belonging to the media group Funke. In the article, Cavusoglu emphasizes that Turkey and Germany are interested in "resetting bilateral relations", since "the times full of challenges" have come. He called for keeping the ties between Germany and Turkey "in the spirit of friendship and cooperation, as it was for 300 years".
"We need to create a new framework for mutual understanding," Tass quotes him.
To this end, according to Ankara, the parties should treat each other as "equal partners", renounce "distance diplomacy" in favor of dialogue at all levels, and not make "populist and self-centered" statements, even if they can be popular inside the country . Chavushoglu called for a "pragmatic approach".
In addition, he stressed the need to empathize with each other when building relationships. The Turkish Foreign Minister believes that Germany is "not fully aware" of the "trauma" inflicted on Turkey by the coup d'état of 2016.
"From our German friends we expect that they will better understand the situation in which Turkey is currently located," Cavusoglu said.
According to him, there is "significant potential" in economic cooperation between the two countries. He also believes that everyone is interested in "overcoming the calm" in the process of Turkey's accession to the EU.
Chavushoglu also touched upon the issue of the arrest of citizens of Germany in Turkey who are suspected of involvement in terrorism.
"From the political point of view, we are doing everything possible to speed up legal procedures," Cavusoglu assured.
Recall, in the last relationship between Berlin and Ankara remain extremely tense.