German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said that she will host Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu next Friday for talks over the recent suicide bombing attack that took the lives of 10 German citizens in Istanbul.
Cabinets from both sides, including interior, foreign and defence ministers will be present in a regular meeting for the talks.
Tuesday’s “attack in Istanbul will play a central role” in the attacks, Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s spokesman said.
Merkel and Davutoglu will also discuss other topics, including the fight against terrorism and the refugee crisis in Europe.
Over one million refugees fleeing war and poverty from different parts of the globe have entered Europe in 2015, many taking risky voyages across the choppy Mediterranean waters on unsafe boats. Nearly 3,700 refugees have died in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean.
Germany accepted almost 1.1 million refugees in 2015, while federal states are planning to budget about 17 billion euros ($17.58 billion) to accommodate refugees this year.
The ongoing five-year-long war in Syria is the number one source for refugees arriving in European countries, making the current situation the worst crisis Europe has faced since World War Two.