Turkey's Erdogan vows to eliminate terror threat in Iraq’s north

Erdogan's Germany visit exposes splits despite warmer tone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday Ankara hoped to rebuild relations with Washington, while adding that the pastor was on trial for his "murky relations with terror groups".

The inauguration on Saturday capped a controversial three-day state visit aimed at repairing frayed ties with Berlin after two years of tensions.

Erdogan told politicians that fluctuations in the lira did not reflect the economic reality and that the country would overcome "attacks on the economy".

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she and the leaders of Turkey, Russia, and France planned to hold a summit next month on the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

While a resumption of accession negotiations for Turkey's moribund EU bid was not on the table, some improvements - such as a modernisation of a Customs Union - could take place after European parliament elections in May 2019, said Mr Toygur.

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Erdogan, addressing the country's parliament, also hoped to improve ties with the USA as soon as possible and said Trump's administration would soon fix the "wrong approach" it had adopted towards Turkey.

Relations between the two nations have deteriorated over allegations of serious human rights abuses committed by Ankara in the wake of a failed coup attempt in 2016.

He further vowed to combat "twisted diplomacy" that applies sanctions against Turkey by pleading for "a pastor who is being tried due to obscure relations with a terror group".

"But, we will never allow anyone to violate our rights, laws, and interests [in our region]", Erdogan said, Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift".

"It will be a long and arduous road toward normalisation", he said.

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