Turkish defense chief meets German counterpart in Munich

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 Turkiye’s defense chief met with his German counterpart on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday.

National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Christine Lambrecht discussed bilateral, regional, and global issues as well as the defense industry and military training and cooperation, said a ministry statement.

During the meeting, Akar stressed the historical and cultural ties between Turkiye and Germany, adding that Ankara expects Berlin to take some concrete steps on restrictions on defense industry exports, the statement added.

Akar also pointed to cooperation in the fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated 2016 coup in Turkiye, it added.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkiye, which left 251 people killed and 2,734 injured.

Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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