German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has traveled to Turkey on Monday to meet and discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and this is Scholz’s first visit to Turkey since taking office in December.
“President Erdogan will meet Scholz as part of the intensification of diplomatic efforts to end the Russian-Ukraine conflict,” the Turkish Presidency said in a statement on Monday.
The two sides would also discuss issues related to the bilateral interests, the statement said, adding Scholz is visiting Turkey upon invitation from the Turkish president.
“Possible steps for the enhancing of the cooperation between the two countries will be part of the exchange” according to the statement.
Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesman Wolfgang Buchner in a news conference in Berlin underlined the importance of close cooperation with Turkey to find a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine.
“We need to work together to reach a cease-fire in Ukraine as soon as possible, and to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Buchner added.
According to Buchner, Scholz will leave Ankara back on Monday night, where he will talk with Turkish President Erdogan on bilateral ties, regional issues, and diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine.
Editors Note: Story “GERMAN-TURKEY-DISCUSS-UKRAINE” corrected on 14.03.2022 22:29
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