Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany's Foreign Minister in Angela Merkel's coalition government.
President Steinmeier has underlined the strength of German-Israeli ties in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Relations between the two countries have suffered due to a spat over an anti-occupation group.
Germany's president has arrived in Rome for a visit expected to focus on refugee policy in the European Union. Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Germany and Italy are carrying the greatest burden of the migrant influx.
On Malta, Greek and EU finance ministers agreed "in principle" to new austerity measures allowing Greece's third bailout to proceed. The deal comes as German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Athens to open Documenta 14, one of Europe's top art festivals.