Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is on her first official visit to Ankara. Talks with her Turkish counterpart are expected to focus on NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and tensions in the Mediterranean.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to hold talks with her Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, in Ankara on Thursday. The visit is Kramp-Karrenbauer’s first-ever to NATO partner Turkey. She is expected to address a number of conflicts.
A German Defense Ministry spokeswoman said the two ministers would likely discuss tensions in the Mediterranean and the outcomes from this week’s NATO summit.
Germany has taken on the role of mediator in the dispute between Turkey and Greece over rights to natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean. The two sides have held diplomatic talks and Turkey has withdrawn its exploration ships from the contested waters, but Berlin believes the problem remains unresolved.
The meeting in Ankara is also expected to address Turkey’s future role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international troops. Turkey is currently securing the international airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul — an operation that is considered crucial in order for Western embassies to continue diplomatic operations there. The pullout of NATO troops from the country could be complete as early as mid-July.–DW