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German ambassador meets with 2 citizens imprisoned in Turkey

August 23, 2017 GMT

BERLIN (AP) — The German Foreign Ministry says its ambassador to Turkey has met with two of its citizens imprisoned in Turkey and both are “doing well, considering the circumstances.”

The ministry said in a brief statement released early Wednesday morning that Ambassador Martin Erdmann had met with German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel and German human rights campaigner Peter Steudtner.

The two are among about 10 Germans arrested in recent months by Turkey on charges the German government considers dubious and has protested. The arrests have contributed to worsening relations between Berlin and Ankara.

The ministry said Erdmann had “intensive” talks with both prisoners, each meeting lasting about an hour. It gave no further details.