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Erdoğan hopes his recent Germany visit to enhance ties

Aiming to improve relations with Berlin, Turkish president paid a high-profile state visit to Germany on Sept. 27-29

Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday expressed hope that his recent state visit to Germany will improve bilateral relations.

"I believe our state visit to Germany will strengthen Turkish-German friendship in every aspect", Erdoğan said in a Twitter post.

Aiming to improve political and economic relations with Berlin, Erdoğan paid a three-day high-profile state visit to Germany on Sept. 27-29.

Relations between Ankara and Berlin suffered several setbacks in past years, but both sides have taken steps in recent months towards improving ties.

"We are leaving painful terms in the recent past with Germany behind," Erdoğan said.

He noted that Turkey lifted the state of emergency following the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a defeated coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. It was since extended by the government.

Erdoğan said Turkey’s new presidential system has paved the way for progress in the country. He said reforms within the scope of the country's EU membership process will continue and Turkey will fulfill the remaining six criteria for visa liberalization in the shortest time.

"In this regard, we care about Germany's support to Turkey", he said.

Noted that Turkey and Germany enjoy strong economic and trade ties, Erdoğan said his country wants to further strengthen economic ties.

"We want our German friends to continue reposing trust in Turkey, Turkish economy and our country's future," Erdoğan said.

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