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German Chancellor Scholz to visit Turkey on March 14

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to visit Turkey on March 14 to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.

This will be Scholz’s first visit to Turkey, Anadolu said.

Scholz was sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor on Dec. 8, after his Social Democratic Party (SPD) reached a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Ankara and Berlin are major trading partners, as Germany has been a top Turkish import source and export destination for decades. The two countries also share cultural ties due to the 5-million-strong Turkish diaspora in Germany. Turkey is among the top tourism destinations for Germans, in addition to hosting thousands of German expatriates.

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