Germany names conditions for cooperation with Turkey

Germany names conditions for cooperation with Turkey

The main condition for Berlin's continued cooperation with Ankara is the release of all German citizens being held in Turkish custody against their will, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.

"There are a range of opportunities that we can offer Turkey in the field of cooperation in the interests of Turkey. Think about the modernization of [European Union-Turkey] Customs Union. But this has a condition: Turkey should honor its legal obligations and, first and foremost, release the German citizens, who against their will and, in our firm belief, in violation of Turkish laws, are detained in Turkey both in the penitentiary institutions and outside them," the minister said at a press conference, adding that it is a "central condition."

Gabriel added he saw no opportunity to implement further proposals without the release of the German nationals, Sputnik reported.

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