Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel after a statement in Berlin, Germany, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Germany Tuesday said it would review Turkey's request for the extradition of a Syrian Kurdish leader on constitutional grounds as the two NATO allies continued to try rebuild frayed ties.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel assured Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is visiting Berlin to attend the Berlin ITB, the world's largest tourism fair, that both the request to extradite Saleh Muslim and Turkey's push for relaxed travel guidance would be carefully examined.Gabriel said the foreign ministry had not advised people to avoid traveling to Turkey, but had pointed out heightened risks after the July 2016 attempted coup and given the continuing state of emergency and the arrests of German citizens.He said he would ask Turkey when it planned to lift the state of emergency. Turkey last month released German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, removing a key irritant in ties between the two allies, but German officials remain deeply concerned about Turkey's military operations in northern Syria.Cavusoglu said Turkey's continuing military operations in Syria's Afrin were permitted under international law since it was fighting terrorism.
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