Erdogan expected to adopt friendlier tone in Germany visit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves from his car as he arrives for the official opening of the newly built DITIB central mosque in Cologne western Germany

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves from his car as he arrives for the official opening of the newly built DITIB central mosque in Cologne western Germany

If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to 35 years.

Ties between Washington and Ankara hit a low in August when President Donald Trump announced steep new tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum in response to the detention of an American pastor in Turkey.

Erdogan's remarks to Reuters came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful the Erdogan administration would Brunson this month.

"On 12 October there will be another hearing and we don't know what the court will decide and politicians will have no say on the verdict".

The Turkish President is also expected to pressure Germany into declaring the Gülen movement, which Erdogan deems responsible for the failed coup two years ago, as a terror organization and taking steps against its representatives on German soil.

Germany has so far said it needs more proof linking the network of supporters of the US -based cleric, which Turkey labels the Gulenist Terrorist Organisation (FETO), to the failed attempt to overthrow the Turkish government.

The statement from the Turkish presidency added that: "Germany is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally of Turkey and one of its leading economic partners".

"Our judiciary is independent - let's wait and see what the court will decide".

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The president said Turkey views the future of political and economic relations with the USA with hope despite Washington imposing sanctions and doubling tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports.

The lira has lost almost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year on concerns about Erdogan's grip on monetary policy and the diplomatic dispute between Ankara and Washington.

Erdogan said Turkey will continue to strengthen the investment environment without compromising the rules of the free market economy.

Speaking about the ongoing humanitarian crises across the world, Erdogan said: "The list goes on, but it is clear that the United Nations, which was meant to be the beating heart of humanity, has no pulse".

Turkey's central bank raised its benchmark rate by a hefty 625 basis points this month, boosting the lira and possibly easing investor concern over Erdogan's influence on monetary policy.

Earlier this month, Turkey and Russian Federation reached an agreement to enforce a new demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region from which "radical" rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month.

After a second meeting with Merkel over breakfast, Erdogan will wrap up his visit on Saturday in Cologne, where he officially opens a new mosque built by a group with ties to Turkey.

He mentioned how Turkey is hosting 4 million refugees-3.5 million of them Syrian nationals-adding: "Although Turkey is no military or economic superpower, it has emerged as a global leader by becoming part of the solution in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere".

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