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German president tells Turkey: Don't cut ties with partners

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's new president is urging Turkey not to cut ties with its partners and endanger the achievements of recent decades.

In his first speech since taking the largely ceremonial office, Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop comparing German officials with Nazis.

Steinmeier also called on Turkey to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been detained since January on charges of terrorist propaganda.

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