Türkiye expresses concerns over Germany's counterterrorism efforts, expects concrete steps

Baku, July 30, AZERTAC

Türkiye on Friday voiced concerns over Germany’s counterterrorism efforts and said it expects concrete steps, according to Anadolu Agency.
“We see an increase in (terror group) PKK’s activities in Germany, and have conveyed Türkiye’s concerns ... we expect concrete action,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock in Istanbul.
He said counterterrorism actions were discussed during the top diplomats’ meeting, drawing attention to recent displays of banned PKK symbols and rags in Germany.
“I would like to emphasize that embracing terrorist organizations, especially PKK/YPG/PYD and FETO, is incompatible with the spirit of alliance,” he said, calling for “concrete steps and active cooperation” from Berlin.
Germany’s arms embargo on Türkiye is also against the “spirit of alliance,” he added.
Cavusoglu said Türkiye expects its allies to support its anti-terror efforts rather than just offering hollow words.
“Our expectation from our allies is that when they say ‘we understand your concerns,’ they actually contribute, not just verbally. If you want to fight Daesh (ISIS), you should be down on the ground. The YPG is not fighting Daesh,” he said.
German Foreign Minister Baerbock acknowledged the PKK threat, appreciated Türkiye for hosting millions of Syrian refugees and called the recent grain export deal it reached with Ukraine, Russia, and the UN a “great success.”
According to the agreement, a Joint Coordination Center was established to carry out inspections at the entrances and exits of harbors, and to ensure the safety of the routes.


World 2022-07-30 10:06:00