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German officials met with journalist detained in Turkey

German officials met with journalist detained in TurkeyGerman officials have met with a German-Turkish journalist imprisoned since January in Istanbul, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Officials say Deniz Yucel is doing well but suffering from being kept in solitary confinement.

Foreign Ministry official Michael Roth told reporters that Deniz Yucel met Tuesday with Consul General Georg Birgelen and a German consulate attorney in prison.

It was the first consular contact Yucel, a reporter for Die Welt newspaper, has been allowed since he was arrested on charges of producing terrorist propaganda and incitement to hatred — accusations he denies.

The case has been one of the several issues that have led to increased friction between Germany and Turkey in recent months.

Roth thanked the Turkish government for allowing access to Yucel, saying that Germany expected it to continue and was still working for his release.
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