July 20, 2017 / 11:05 AM / a year ago

Germany's Merkel backs Foreign Minister's measures against Turkey

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel views a series of measures targeting Turkey that were announced by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday as necessary and unavoidable, her spokesman said in a tweet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel brief the media prior to a meeting with German government's Social Partners, leaders of labor unions and employer organizations, at the government guest house Meseberg Palace, Germany, June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

“Merkel: The measures announced by the Foreign Minister against Turkey are necessary and unavoidable,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted.

Earlier, Gabriel cast doubt on Turkey’s aspirations to join the EU. He also said Berlin could no longer guarantee German corporate investment in Turkey and issued new travel advice warning of risks to German citizens there.

Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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