Steinmeier: Corruption Scandal Is Test for Turkey's Democracy
The ongoing high-profile graft scandal in Turkey is a test for the state of democracy and rule of law in the country, commented new German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
In an interview for Bild am Sonntag, Steinmeier called on Turkish authorities to carry out the investigation thoroughly, irrespective of who is involved.
"We have trust in the power of the Turkish state to throw light on corruption allegations," said Germany's top diplomat.
"To be able to do that is a test of confirmation for any polity built upon the rule of law," added he.
Steimeier stressed that Germans and the German government closely follow events in Turkey, which saw PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan trying to consolidate power, as his cabinet was deeply shaken by the probe.
"In the region of the Middle East, marked by crisis and conflicts, a Turkey that is stable both on the insite and on the outside is a stable anchor," said the German Foreign Affairs Minister.
He stressed that Turkey remains an "exceptionally important" partner for Germany.
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