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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Turkey hoped to rebuild relations with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States following a bitter standoff over the detention of an American pastor.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrapped up a three-day trip to Germany on Saturday saying the controversial visit had been "extremely successful".

Mr Erdogan's full state visit came just one-and-a-half-months after Turkey endured a currency crisis which saw the lira plunge some 40 per cent in a spat with the United States that highlighted the importance of Ankara's economic ties to Europe.

Ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries soured after Berlin criticized Ankara's crackdown on opponents following a failed 2016 coup, which saw tens of thousands arrested.

Erdogan said that the United States has lost "its reliability with its additional implementations on Turkey".

"Both sides are willing to move forward, out of the stalemate", Ilke Toygur, analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid, told AFP.

Erdogan has taken considerable flak for rights abuses at home.

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"The main success of this visit is the fact that it took place", said Marc Pierini, an analyst at Carnegie Europe and former European Union ambassador to Ankara.

This followed a state dinner the night before that was boycotted by several opposition politicians.

In 2016 Turkey as a partner of Germany in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was included in the twenty largest countries-importers of German arms.

A number of dual German-Turkish citizens have been imprisoned in the ensuing crackdown against the coup's alleged plotters, with Berlin insisting on their immediate release.

Since in mid-2016, arms sales from Germany to Turkey have fallen dramatically.

Erdogan's Friday visit to Berlin has stirred considerable controversy in Germany, with many criticizing Merkel for hosting a leader which some in the country accuse of being increasingly authoritarian.

"It will be a long and arduous road toward normalisation", he said.


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