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Germany: Steinmeier has 'big respect' for those who fought against Turkey coup02:09

Germany: Steinmeier has 'big respect' for those who fought against Turkey coup

Germany, Berlin
September 7, 2016 at 17:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed that Turkey is a "key country" for Germany as he spoke at the German Parliament in Berlin, Wednesday.

Steinmeier said that Germany "didn't make it clear enough" that the recent coup attempt in Turkey was "indeed was an outrageous attack on the democratic institution", and has "big respect" for those who fought against it.

"Whoever is to speak at this pulpit and [whoever] will say something about Syria, Iraq and Libya, must know that none of these conflicts can be solved without having Turkey in the same boat," Steinmeier stated.

The German foreign minister also emphasised that stabilising the conflict-ridden zones is imperative to giving refugees "hope that they will be able to go back there, to their home country."

Steinmeier's statement came following his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the city of Bratislava last week.

Germany: Steinmeier has 'big respect' for those who fought against Turkey coup02:09
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed that Turkey is a "key country" for Germany as he spoke at the German Parliament in Berlin, Wednesday.

Steinmeier said that Germany "didn't make it clear enough" that the recent coup attempt in Turkey was "indeed was an outrageous attack on the democratic institution", and has "big respect" for those who fought against it.

"Whoever is to speak at this pulpit and [whoever] will say something about Syria, Iraq and Libya, must know that none of these conflicts can be solved without having Turkey in the same boat," Steinmeier stated.

The German foreign minister also emphasised that stabilising the conflict-ridden zones is imperative to giving refugees "hope that they will be able to go back there, to their home country."

Steinmeier's statement came following his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the city of Bratislava last week.

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