Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) leader Özgür Özel is set to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Germany.
The CHP Leader will travel to Berlin Germany on December 8-10, upon an invitation of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) to attend the party’s congress. On the sidelines of the congress, Özgür Özel is expected to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister and President of the Socialist International Pedro Sanchez.
Özel took the leadership seat of the main opposition in November. His visit came as Germany-Turkish relations were strained over the Gaza crisis. Turkish President Erdoğan who visited Berlin in November made harsh statements at a joint press conference with the German cancellor.
Accusing Germany of supporting Israel, Erdoğan said, “We do not owe Israel anything. If we were in debt, we could not speak so comfortably. But those who are in debt cannot speak comfortably. We did not go through the Holocaust.”
While criticizing European countries on Gaza, Erdoğan singled out Socialist International President Pedro Sanchez and said, “Spain’s approach is developing in a positive direction.”
Özel at SPD Congress, to meet leaders
Speaking to YetkinReport, Özel stated that his visit to Germany was planned upon the invitation of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and that the CHP leader will attend the SPD Congress.
The CHP’s stated that according to the unofficial program, among the people Özel is expected to meet with were German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, German Social Democratic Party Co-Chairman Lars Klingbeil, Friedrich Ebert Foundation President Martin Shulz, SPD Bundestag Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nils Schmid, SPD Bundestag Deputy Chairman Achim Post, SDP Turkey Working Group MPs and Spanish Prime Minister and President of the Socialist International Pedro Sanchez.
The main opposition party is a member of Socialist International.
Kılıçdaroğlu was briefed about the visit to Germany
Özgür Özel visited former CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in his new office.
According to the information note provided by the CHP, Özel and Kılıçdaroğlu discussed current political developments and the CHP leader informed Kılıçdaroğlu about his visit to Germany this weekend. Özel also shared information about his visits to the TRNC and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kılıçdaroğlu said, “You continue your work at a very intense pace, in a very active way. I am following you,” he was quoted as saying.
The upcoming budget marathon was also discussed during the meeting.