Turkey expects cooperation from Germany against terrorist groups: Ankara

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Turkey is urging Germany not to leave unanswered or allow any measures in support of the terrorist organization, Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Akif Çağatay Kılıç said on Friday.

Kılıç told Anadolu Agency (AA) ahead of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s visit that Turkey should be given serious support as a NATO ally in the fight against terrorism.

He recalled that Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey in March and during the meeting the Russo-Ukrainian war, its impact on the global economy and efforts to end human casualties were discussed.

Kılıç stated that they are in intensive consultation and cooperation with Germany, one of their partners in the European Union, as part of the grain corridor agreement signed in Istanbul.

Explaining that they cooperate and exchange views with the German government on many international issues such as Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership process, he said: “We continue our relationship with consultations where we have different views from time to time, but There is no serious negativity, although there is a strong coalition so far. Of course, disagreements are and will be a part of international relations.”

He explained that with the new government they think differently about Greece than with the previous German government. “Because we say: ‘You spoil Greece as the EU and it acts like the spoiled child of the EU. However, Turkey has its own arguments and is right on many points. There is international law should evaluate our relations with Greece.’ But they approach from the perspective of being one of the partners in the Union within the framework of EU support. We can’t agree on that.”

Kılıç stated that Germany is an important partner and NATO ally, that they cooperate on many international issues and organizations, and that nearly 3 million citizens living in Germany are an effective factor in the relations between the two countries.

Kılıç recalled that German Foreign Minister Baerbock had previously wanted to come to Turkey, but the visit was postponed because she contracted COVID-19 during her visit to India, and continued: “She will meet with our Foreign Minister. We will take part in it. Of course, many more international issues will come up on the table: NATO membership of Finland and Sweden, the processes related to the implementation of the agreement signed in Madrid, the Russia-Ukraine war in international relations will definitely be on stand at the table The current topics of the studies on the grain corridor are evaluated. Economic relations between Turkey and Germany, the agreement on the renewal of the customs union will be on the table. There will be consultations on economic and social relations.”

Kılıç explained that some of the German citizens of Turkish origin living in Germany are dual citizens and this topic will definitely be on the agenda of the meeting.

“That is a matter for Germany. We hold consultations so that our citizens do not remain in dilemmas and do not have any difficulties and that Germany should also take a step at this point. We have received the messages and signals from Germany.” It is now seriously possible that this process will progress positively.”

Stressing that Germany can cooperate and invest mutually in many fields such as industry, technology, trade, construction, aviation, food, agriculture and tourism, Kılıç said that MPs of both countries can work together in parliamentary assemblies, which is a point of parliamentary relations .

fight against terrorism

Regarding Turkey’s fight against terrorism, Kılıç stressed that the inclusion of a document related to the terrorist organization PKK and its extensions under various names, as well as to the Gülenist Terrorist Group (FETÖ) in the final declaration of the NATO summit is great Success for Turkey in diplomatic and international relations.

Referring to the inclusion of the PKK terrorist organization in the German intelligence report, Kılıç made the following assessments: “We have been saying for a long time that the PKK and its sympathizers in Germany have partly negative attitudes in material terms. “The German authorities also say that they are continuing. Steps have been taken. Now we see that Germany especially for the PKK no longer has housing options as easy as before. In this sense we see that those who have some practices, such as blackmailing some NGOs and threatening life by people, are seriously persecuted and legally prosecuted. Our expectation from Germany is that these will be continued and strengthened without compromise. We demand any step that supports the terrorist organization and aims to make the terrorist appear innocent will not be left unanswered or authorized.”

“Sometimes, unfortunately, we see that PKK rags are being used in Germany. The sympathizers and terrorist elements there use the loopholes in the federal system. They use this gap and do some demonstrations. It has decreased compared to before, but this should be reduced to zero and not allowed in any way. Because Turkey, a NATO ally fighting terrorism, should be given serious support in that sense,” he added.

Expressing regret for the intense cooperation of some politicians in Germany with PKK sympathizers living there, Kılıç said: “It is extremely wrong to support the structures in which the PKK and its affiliates are under some front NGOs , as if they are the so-called NGOs or freedom efforts. Unfortunately, we cannot ignore the fact that the arms support that Germany has provided to some terrorist elements in northern Iraq and Syria is being used against the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which is a NATO ally is and is the fight against terrorism.”

Kılıç stressed that in the fight against terrorism, Turkey fought resolutely with Daesh, PKK and organizations under different names. He noted that Europe should be much stricter and tougher on these terrorist organizations that are also threatening it.

“Because it will hit and hit her too. You shouldn’t think that the organizations that operate under the guise of NGOs and are occasionally tolerated in Germany aren’t turning back and causing concern in the German community. We share this information with you. It is the responsibility of the German authorities to act on this information and ensure the safety of their own citizens.”

Kılıç noted that they told German authorities that FETÖ is an organization that uses very different elements and is good at hiding, saying that the terrorist group has more than 20 schools in Germany.

He suggested that the Federal Ministry of Finance examine whether these schools, which are funded by taxes paid by Germans, are functioning properly. He also pointed out that Germany shows great tolerance towards FETÖ members who fled Turkey and found refuge there.

Kılıç indicated that Germany had begun to understand Turkey’s concerns about the PKK and FETÖ. However, he added that some politicians may not fully understand how the extensions of the PKK operate under different names and the structure of FETÖ, so they will continue to explain the structure of these organizations and their manipulation activities.

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