Turkish opposition praises German foreign minister on first visit

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock earned warm words from a Turkish opposition politician on Saturday, the second day of her visit to the country, a day after her press conference with her counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu turned into an open dispute. “Direct statements and confrontation are sometimes inevitable, not just necessary,” Mithat Sancar, co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), said on Saturday after meeting Baerbock in Ankara. Çavuşoğlu always speaks very plainly at such meetings, he said, noting that this was the first time his German counterpart had behav…

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