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German Chancellor Merkel to visit Turkey next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany on 16 December 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany on 16 December 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Turkey on 16 October to discuss bilateral relations and international issues, her spokesman said today.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Steffen Seibert said Merkel will visit Istanbul for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Turkey is a very important, close partner for us," he said, adding that the two leaders will discuss a wide range of international and regional issues, including EU-Turkey cooperation on migration management and refugee protection.

Chancellor Merkel's visit will take place ahead of an EU leaders summit in Brussels on 21-22 October.

After 16 years in power, Angela Merkel is stepping down later this year, but she will remain in her post until a new coalition government is formed.

Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) narrowly lost the general elections late last month.

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