German Foreign Minister Baerbock cancels trip to Turkey – Medya News

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will not meet her Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday as planned earlier in the week.

Baerbock cut short her visit to Pakistan after testing positive for COVID-19 and canceled the next legs of her trip to Greece and Turkey.

The minister took office earlier this year as part of the coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens. The trip was his government’s first high-level foreign visit.

At the canceled meeting, the pair were due to discuss the Russian-Ukrainian war and disruptions in global food supply chains, Turkey’s objections to Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO bids, and the human rights violations against opposition circles in Turkey as well as Kurdish politics.

The ministers also reportedly discussed Turkey’s planned attacks in northern and eastern Syria.

Human rights are universal and they are necessary to defend Uyghurs, Ukrainians, Kurds and Yazidis, Baerbock said in the German parliament before embarking on the trip.

The Western bloc, including Germany, is wrong with its carrot-and-stick policy towards autocratic regimes, she added.

While in opposition, as co-chairman of the Green Party, Baerbock had harshly criticized human rights violations and the repression of Kurds in Turkey.

She had criticized the occupation of Afrin and then Serekani in northwestern Syria.

Meanwhile, his constituents criticized photos of his meeting with Çavuşoğlu at a NATO summit in March.

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