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Erdoğan: Islamophobia and racism unfortunately remain as main problems in Europe

Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Istanbul on Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his comments: "Racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and discrimination remain the main problem for the Turkish community in Europe."

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Published October 16,2021

Angela Merkel final visit to Turkey as German chancellor on Saturday saw two of Europe's longest-serving leaders pay tribute to one another as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted her for farewell talks overlooking the Bosporus.

Speaking during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed in his remarks that racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, discrimination, unfortunately, remain as main problems for the Turkish community in Europe.

Erdoğan announced that they discussed issues on agenda, especially bilateral relations, in today's meetings with Angela Merkel.

The Turkish community in Germany constitutes our common wealth, holds an important social aspect of our relations, Erdoğan said in a statement. The president also added that he hopes Merkel will continue to contribute to the friendship.

Erdoğan underlined that he expected the successful work they carried out with Angela Merkel to continue in the same way under the new German government.

Before leaving office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed in her comments that the EU's support to Turkey on irregular migration would continue.

Merkel stressed that Turkey and Germany always have common interests, and added that this would be how the next federal government will see it.

The press conference followed an hour-long meeting between Erdoğan and Merkel at the Huber Mansion.

After 16 years in power, Merkel is preparing to leave active politics later this year, but she will remain in her post until a new coalition government is formed.

Her Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) narrowly lost the general elections late last month.