Erdogan arrives in Cologne, Germany

By Ayhan Simsek

BERLIN (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the western German city of Cologne on Saturday after completing his official talks in Berlin.

The president and first lady Emine Erdogan were welcomed by Armin Laschet, the state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, and other senior officials at Cologne Bonn Airport.

Erdogan is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Turkish community later in the day, and is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony of Cologne's Central Mosque.

The president has been in Germany since Thursday for a high-profile three-day state visit.

He is accompanied by key aides, including Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, and Technology and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank.

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