ANKARA 

Turkish and German foreign ministers over the phone on Tuesday discussed tourism as the world is hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mevlut Cavusoglu and Heiko Maas also exchanged views on the normalization process amid coronavirus as well as the EU and regional issues, according to diplomatic sources.

On Sunday, Turkey started to carry out telephone diplomacy with 70 countries to inform them about the country’s health infrastructure over the pandemic, the culture and tourism minister said.

Turkey in a certification system detailed that the country is a safe place for tourism, regarding measures against COVID-19, said Mehmet Nuri Ersoy in a written statement.

After originating in Wuhan, China last December, COVID-19 pandemic has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, with Europe and the US currently the worst hit.

* Writing by Handan Kazanci in Istanbul

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