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(reuters_tickers)
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)