The German government said it would welcome Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as an important guest during the meeting of G20 leading economies in Hamburg from July 7-8, despite Berlin’s decision Thursday to bar other public events by Erdogan,¬†Reuters¬†reported.

Spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters he had no information indicating that Erdogan would not attend the G20 summit and said Germany looked forward to his participation .

“I’d like to emphasise for the German government that President Erdogan is an important guest for us and we welcome his participation in the G20 summit,” Seibert said.

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