Turkey and Germany agree on strategic dialogue
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle signed a joint declaration in Berlin to build a mechanism for strategic dialogue between their governments. The mechanism aims to help bilateral relations flourish, solve current problems and come to a consensus on conflicting opinions between the two countries. It also aims to build a better cooperation in regional and global issues. Speaking at a joint press conference with Westerwelle, Davutoglu criticized the UN for its inertia over the bloody incidents in Syria which have crossed into Turkey. Davutoglu also said that Turkey's red line consisted of use of chemical weapons, as well as the continuation of collective punishments. For his part, Westerwelle said that secret services of the two countries would share information on the use of chemical weapons by the al-Assad regime. "We attach importance to the sharing of information by Turkey on the issue," Westerwelle said. As part of his visit, Davutoglu also reiterated Turkey's determination in following the neo-Nazi killings. Davutoglu said on Saturday that Turkey was determined to keep a close eye on the case of neo-Nazi killings of 9 Turks, stressing the need to discover the realities behind the racist murders. For his part, Westerwelle said that they had zero tolerance about such incidents. Westerwelle also extended full support for the opening of new chapters in Turkey's EU accession talks.