After the new offensive in Syria and Iraq, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser called on Turkey to prevent an escalation of violence. Germany stands by Turkey's side in the fight against terrorism, "but the reaction has to be proportionate," said Faeser on Tuesday in Ankara at a meeting with her Turkish counterpart Süleyman Soylu. She urged compliance with international law and the protection of civilians.
Soylu is considered a nationalist hardliner in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's cabinet. At the meeting of the two interior ministers, topics such as combating organized crime and migration were also discussed, it said.
The federal government had already called on Ankara to comply with international law on Monday. Turkey justifies its offensive with the right to self-defense. "The right to self-defense does not include a right to retaliation," said Foreign Office spokesman Christofer Burger.