German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Wednesday Turkey's direction was Europe.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Westerwelle said that they paid high attention to improvement of relations with Turkey and Turkey's accession into the European Union (EU).
He said that Germany attached importance to development of relations with Turkey as well as Turkey's getting closer to the EU.
Westerwelle also said that the strategic dialogue between Turkey and Germany was very important.
Noting that Germany appreciated the successes Turkey had recorded in the recent years, Westerwelle said that the two countries had common interests as allies. He added that 3.5 million Turks were living in Germany and more than 4 million Turks were visiting Germany in a year which showed the sound basis of the relations between the two countries.
Westerwelle said that during his meeting with Davutoglu, they also discussed establishment of a Turkish-German university in Istanbul.
Iran nuclear programme
Noting that they took up international matters and Iran was one of those issues, Westerwelle said that Germany welcomed the efforts of Turkey and Brazil for dialogue with Iran.
Westerwelle said that Iran's having nuclear weapons was not an acceptable solution.
"We want to encourage Iran to continue talks on their nuclear program," Westerwelle underlined.
Our aim is to bring the Iranian government to the negotiations table in cooperation and transparency. Iran surely has the right to possess nuclear power for civilian purposes but they have to fulfill their international obligations, Westerwelle said.