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Germany's Merkel to visit Erdogan in Istanbul

January 17, 2020

The Syrian conflict, as well as the conflicts in Iran and Iraq, are likely to be on the agenda. The two are due to cross paths twice in a matter of days, with Erdogan also attending the Libya peace conference in Berlin.

Merkel and Erdogan
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/K. Nietfeld

Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on January 24, the German government announced on Friday.

Merkel will travel to Turkey's largest city to discuss a wide range of topics that are sure to include the conflicts in Libya and across the Middle East, particularly as their meeting will take place just a few days after Sunday's Libya peace talks in Berlin.

Turkish schools hope

Migration issues may well feature prominently on the agenda, in addition to the German government's efforts to work out a possible framework for hosting three Turkish schools in Germany.

Read more: Would Turkish schools in Germany increase Erdogan's influence abroad?

As part of her trip, Merkel plans to inaugurate the new campus of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul alongside Erdogan.

The chancellor will also meet industry representatives at the invitation of the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce.

jsi/stb (dpa, AFP)

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