German president visits Turkey amid "Muslim immigrants" debate

10:34, October 19, 2010      

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German President Christian Wulff arrived in Turkey on Monday for a four-day visit amid rising discussions in Germany on the issue of Muslim immigrants, most of whom are Turkish.

Wulff visited Turkey right after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's attempt to create a multi-cultural society had failed. Germany is home to about four million Muslims, among whom 2.5 million are Turks.

Besides, Merkel suggested Turkey should be given a "privileged partnership" of the European Union instead of a "full member," partly due to its huge Muslim population.

Wulff, who is the first German president to visit Turkey for the last 10 years, will give a speech to the Turkish Parliament, hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and religious affairs director, and he then will visit Kayseri, a central Anatolian city, and address the Turkish-German Economic Forum.

He is also expected to visit the St. Paul Church in Tarsus, attend a religious ceremony, and meet with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul, where he and the Turkish president will also lay the ground for the long-planned Turkish- German University.

Source: Xinhua


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