German overseas minister affords reward and criticism on go to to Greece and Turkey

Germany’s overseas minister has praised Turkish efforts to help refugees who arrived within the nation, saying they have been “not solely cared for but additionally built-in.” 

Annalena Baerbock made the feedback on the third day of her go to to Turkey, as she met with organisations working with girls and migrants that Germany helps to fund. 

Turkey hosts some 3.7 million Syrians who’ve sought refuge from the conflict.

“Kids not solely have the chance to be taught the language, but additionally to have enjoyable and play with different native kids,” mentioned Baerbock.

“Integration succeeds above all when it occurs on the bottom locally.” 

Baerbock’s conciliatory feedback come after a tense Friday press convention together with her Turkish reverse quantity Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, when the pair volleyed grievances backwards and forwards. 

Cavusoglu known as on Germany to be “an sincere dealer” and never at all times aspect with Athens in disputes between Turkey and Greece.

Whereas Baerbock welcomed Turkey’s contribution to regional safety within the Black Sea, she additionally cautioned the NATO member about sticking inside the confines of worldwide legislation in relation to a brand new navy offensive in northern Syria which targets Kurdish militants Ankara says are a menace to its safety. 

“Neither retribution nor summary preventive assaults are a part of the precise to self-defense,” the German overseas minister warned. 

Conferences with Greek officers on migrant points

Earlier than arriving in Turkey, Baerbock was in Athens to satisfy with Greek ministers. 

She took the chance to criticise Turkey for disputing the sovereignty of Greek islands close to its shoreline, calling for extra dialogue and “level-headed motion.” 

“Sure, many questions of worldwide legislation are difficult, however some are additionally quite simple. Greek islands – Lesbos, Chios, Rhodes and plenty of, many others – are Greek territory, and nobody has the precise to boost questions over that,” she mentioned. 

Throughout a go to to a refugee camp, Baerbock reminded the Greeks that their exterior border can be the frequent European exterior border. 

“A border at all times has doorways the place individuals can enter. And on the similar time, human rights. Our European basis of values, after all additionally apply on the European exterior border,” she mentioned. 

There have been quite a few experiences, and considerations raised by worldwide organisations, that Greek authorities have been turning away migrants who arrive at their border.