Erdogan hopes recent visit to Germany to enhance ties
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope on Sunday that his recent state visit to Germany will improve bilateral relations, local media reported.
"I believe our state visit to Germany will strengthen Turkish-German friendship in every aspect", Erdogan said in Twitter.
Aiming to improve political and economic relations with Berlin, Erdogan paid a 3 day 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," Erdogan said.
Erdogan 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", Erdogan said.
Noted that Turkey and Germany enjoy strong economic and trade ties, Erdogan 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," Erdogan said.