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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (R) at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey on Feb. 2 before travelling on to Malta to participate in a meeting of European Union leaders, a German government official said on Thursday.

The trip comes amid continued tensions between the two NATO partners about a range of issues, including alleged spying by Turkish clerics in Germany, and Ankara's accusation that Berlin is harbouring militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and far-leftists of the DHKP-C.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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