Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican next month, Turkish media reported.
Erdogan would travel to the Vatican on February 5 for talks that are expected to focus on the status of Jerusalem, Hurriyet newspaper reported.
The meeting comes after Pope Francis voiced opposition to the United States’ unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the 'undivided' capital of Israel. He also supported Turkey-sponsored initiatives to nix the US bid at the UN General Assembly.
Erdoğan and the Pope spoke a number of times on the phone in early December, as the former invited the pontiff to attend an extraordinary summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held in Istanbul amid the Jerusalem crisis.