Erdogan says Turkey to secure east of Euphrates in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament as he attends the reopening of the Turkish parliament after the summer recess in Ankara

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A German business delegation will visit Turkey on October 25, Turkish media reported citing the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Oct. 1.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany on Saturday by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift". Ankara and Washington have been embroiled in a diplomatic spat over the trial in Turkey of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is speaking at the inauguration of a mosque under heavy security as he winds up a visit to Germany.

He noted that Turkey lifted the state of emergency following the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections in the country. Hundreds of people, including many from the Kurdish community, came out to the streets.

In 2016, fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey imported 83.9 million euros in arms from Germany, requiring 213 export permits, making Turkey at the time one of the top 20 most important arms buyers for the German arms industry, according to DPA.

Mr Steinmeier said the "strong emotions" the visit aroused in Germany were a reflection of tensions that have yet to be overcome and warned: "A single visit is not enough to restore normality".

"We are in favor of a four-way meeting with the presidents of Turkey, Russia and France and myself because the situation (in Syria) is still fragile", Merkel told reporters after talks with Erdogan.

Almut Moller, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the outcome was "far away from a detente" with the deterioration in Turkey's rule of law and human rights still of "great concern to Berlin".

But she also highlighted Germany's interest in a "stable" Turkey, which she relies on to help stem the flow of refugees to Europe.

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

But he expressed satisfaction that "both sides made a cautious attempt at rapprochement".

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