German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the escalating refugee crisis and recent developments in Syria in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, on Monday.
The visit will be Merkel’s second trip to Turkey in recent months as she visited the country on Oct. 18 for talks again on the refugee crisis.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday that Merkel and Davutoglu decided on the trip when they met at this week's aid conference for Syria in London.
Turkey, a key country on the refugee route to Europe, is central to Merkel's diplomatic efforts to reduce the number of asylum-seekers coming to Germany. She has resisted pressure for unilateral measures such as a national cap on refugee numbers.
At a joint press conference of the two leaders on Jan. 22, Davutoglu reaffirmed Turkeys close ties with Berlin and said that Ankara was working hand in hand with Berlin in fighting against DAESH terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.
Merkel continued saying, “A solution of the military conflict in Syria is the most hopeful message that we can have, especially in light of the migrant [refugee] crisis. And therefore, we work politically, but we are also united in the coalition against DAESH and fight together."