Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Berlin on Thursday for his first “state visit” to Germany as president.
Senior German officials welcomed the president and the first lady Emine Erdogan at the military section of Berlin's Tegel Airport.
Turkish president is accompanied by key ministers during the visit, including the economy, finance, trade, and industry ministers.
Germany’s news channels broadcasted the welcoming ceremony live at the airport, where Erdogan was welcomed by an honor guard, and 21 gun salute.
Ahead of his official talks in Berlin, Erdogan called for opening a fresh page in Turkish-German relations, in an article published in German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“The dramatic developments in the world make it indispensable for both Germany and Turkey to open a new page in bilateral relations, to leave aside their differences and focus on their common interests,” he stressed.
On Friday, Erdogan will meet his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier and will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel will host a lunch for Erdogan at the Chancellory, and the two leaders will meet again on Saturday morning for a working breakfast to discuss bilateral and international issues.
Relations between Ankara and Berlin suffered several setbacks in past years, but both sides have taken steps in recent months towards improving ties.