German foreign minister Heiko Maas to visit Turkey

German foreign minister Heiko Maas to visit Turkey

BERLIN – Anadolu Agency
German foreign minister Heiko Maas to visit Turkey

Germany's foreign minister is scheduled to visit Turkey next month to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues, diplomatic sources said on Aug. 24.

During his two-day visit on Sept. 5-6, Heiko Maas will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and other senior officials in the capital Ankara.

Later the two top diplomats will travel to Istanbul for a celebration at the city's German School marking its 150th anniversary.

Maas' trip to Turkey comes ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's key visit to Germany on Sept. 28-29.

Over the past two years political relations between Ankara and Berlin have suffered setbacks, but in recent months both sides have taken steps towards improving ties.

EU heavyweight Germany remains Turkey's main economic and trade partner, despite political disagreements between the governments on a number of issues.

Heiko Maas, Germany, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu