Turkey, Germany agree on need for dialogue to improve ties: Turkish foreign minister

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a news conference in Goslar, Germany, January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

GOSLAR, Germany (Reuters) - Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday he had agreed with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel that “difficulties and disagreement” with Germany needed to be solved through dialogue and cooperation.

Cavusoglu signalled on Friday he wanted to build bridges with Germany, Turkey’s biggest trade partner and an important NATO ally, after disagreements such as over Ankara’s large-scale crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed 2016 coup and the arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Mark Potter