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Merkel: We have common interests with Turkey

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined strategic importance of Turkey for Germany Friday, despite persistent political differences between Berlin and Ankara, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Our political values differ in many areas and yet we have common interests,” Merkel said in an interview with the daily Suddeutsche Zeitung.

She highlighted Turkey’s important role for a political solution in Syria and in fight against terrorism, as areas where both countries share common interests.

“Foreign policy is always conducted as a mixture of values and interests, and one also needs to find the right balance here,” she said, dismissing criticism by German opposition parties about her government’s Turkey policy.

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