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German Chancellor Angela Merkel to go to White House on July 15

It will likely be her first go to to Washington throughout Biden’s presidency, and sure her remaining US go to in a protracted period as chancellor.

Merkel isn’t in search of a fifth time period, and elections to interchange her are in September. She may have labored with 4 US presidents over her tenure.

The White House mentioned Merkel will go to on July 15 with a protracted record of points to debate with Biden.

“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” the White House mentioned. “The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values.”

Biden has not met formally with Merkel, however has spoken to her by cellphone. He will see her in individual on the G7 summit in Cornwall, which begins on Friday.

The go to comes weeks after Biden determined to waive sanctions on the corporate behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2, an oil pipeline, citing nationwide safety causes. His high aides advised he needed to keep away from confrontation with Germany. Merkel got here beneath intense strain to again off the venture following the poisoning of Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition chief, however finally didn’t.

A former physicist with a dry humor and distinctive capability to domesticate American leaders as companions, Merkel has labored with Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Her shut relationship with Obama was well-known, however she additionally met and spoke with Biden throughout his tenure as vice chairman, together with throughout his yearly visits to the Munich Security Conference.

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