Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Berlin for key talks with German leaders on the Gaza war and regional developments.
The visit comes amid a growing international outcry over Israel’s war on Gaza, which has claimed more than 11,500 lives so far, with many of them children and women.
Erdogan met first with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace on Friday. The two leaders held a one-on-one meeting, followed by expanded talks between the delegations.
Later on Friday, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz will host a working dinner for Erdogan, where they are expected to discuss a range of regional and global issues, including calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and efforts to de-escalate the Israel-Palestine war.
Ahead of his Berlin visit, the Turkish leader sharply criticised Western countries for providing blanket support to the Israeli government, but turning a blind eye to war crimes committed in Gaza.
Germany's Scholz repeatedly said Israel has a right to defend itself against Hamas, and opposed calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, arguing that it will give a respite to the Palestinian resistance group.
Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on Gaza since a cross-border attack by Hamas on October 7.