Turkish FM: Council of Europe must avoid new dividing lines
The Council of Europe must avoid new dividing lines in Europe and it should fight together against them, Turkey said Friday.
"COUNCIL OF EUROPE AVOID NEW DIVIDING LINES IN EUROPE"
"#CoE must avoid new dividing lines in Europe. It should prevent the politicization of expert mechanisms that only undermines its credibility," tweeted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Çavuşoğlu was in Finland on Friday where he was set to participate in a meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Europe's top human rights watchdog. "The council must fight together against rising xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, hate speech, and populism," Çavuşoğlu said.
Meeting with his Germa counterpart Heiko Maas in Helsinki, Çavuşoğlu said a "Strategic Dialogue Mechanism" meeting will soon be held between Turkey and Germany as well as intergovernmental consultations between two countries.
Finland is expected to hand over the presidency of the Committee of Ministers to France during Friday's meeting.