Erdogan says Turkey to secure east of Euphrates in Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Turkish president said Germany had “excluded” Mesut Özil because of his roots

But there have been signs that tensions could ease after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful Turkey would release the pastor while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he hoped Ankara could rebuild relations with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

The inauguration on Saturday capped a controversial three-day state visit aimed at repairing frayed ties with Berlin after two years of tensions.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union - has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

Erdogan told politicians that fluctuations in the lira did not reflect the economic reality and that the country would overcome "attacks on the economy".

During his stay in Berlin, Erdogan met twice with Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks, with both leaders signalling their interest in a cautious rapprochement, but also disagreements in a wide variety of issues.

Ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries soured after Berlin criticised Ankara's crackdown on opponents following a failed 2016 coup, which saw tens of thousands arrested.

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

The German president said he is concerned about the fate of German citizens, activists, journalists and political opponents imprisoned in Turkey.

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".

Since in mid-2016, arms sales from Germany to Turkey have fallen dramatically.

In remarks published on Monday, Mr. Erdogan has strongly criticized the statements of his German counterpart, saying that they are "not very appropriate" and that Turkey would not treat a host of the sort.

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