Foreign relations of Turkey
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Turkey next week to discuss bilateral relations and international issues, her spokesman said on Jan. 17.
Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Steffen Seibert said Merkel would visit Istanbul on Jan. 24 for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The governments of Turkey and Germany are negotiating an agreement that will establish Turkish schools in the largest EU country. They will be located in Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt.
The German government has been in intensive talks with Ankara on plans to set up Turkish schools in Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
Ankara denounced a recent meeting on Jan. 9 held between Greece, France, the Greek Cypriot administration, Egypt and Italy against a recent maritime delimitation deal between Turkey and Libya.
France, Greece, Egypt and Greek Cyprus on Jan. 8 declared "null and void" agreements between Ankara and Libya assigning Turkey rights over a vast area of the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey has joined an international diplomatic campaign to defuse tension between the United States and Iran after the assassination of the latter's top military figure with calls on all related parties to act with restraint and common sense to avoid a larger conflict in an already unstable Middle East.