Erdoğan meets Merkel in Berlin
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Germa Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sept. 29 at a working breakfast to discuss bilateral and international issues.
A German government spokesman told local media that the leaders discussed opportunities to “further strengthen the economic relations” between the two countries.
At the meeting, which lasted more than two and a half hours, the leaders also reviewed cooperation in addressing the refuge crisis, and exchanged views on the situation in Syria, according to the spokesman.
Bilateral issues, including cooperation in fight against terrorism, were the other agenda items.
Erdoğan was accompanied by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Technology and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank.
It was Erdoğan and Merkel’s second meeting during the president’s three-day high-profile state visit to Germany.
On Sept. 28, Erdoğan and Merkel headed a larger meeting between Turkis and German ministers and senior officials.
At a joint press conference afterwards, Merkel vowed to enhance cooperation between Germany and Turkey in the economy and energy and security despite political differences on a number of issues.
Following his official meetings in Berlin on Sept. 29, Turkish President Erdoğan travelled to the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which has a large Turkish immigrant population, to attend the inauguration ceremony of Cologne Central Mosque, run by Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs.
Germany, a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.
Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, three million are of Turkish origin. Many of them are second or third-generations of Turkish families who migrated to Germany in the 1960s, and are well integrated in the country.