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President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will ship remarks on the White Home on Thursday in what’s prone to be her final go to to Washington earlier than she steps down from workplace.
Merkel, the primary lady to steer Germany, has stated that she isn’t searching for one other time period after practically 16 years in energy. Her go to serves as a farewell to Biden, and comes as the 2 leaders work to construct a stronger transatlantic relationship within the face of worldwide challenges.
Biden and Merkel are anticipated to the touch on the safety state of affairs in Afghanistan, long-standing commerce points and the alarming variety of cyberattacks impacting a number of industries and nations, amongst different urgent points.
The contentious Russian natural-gas pipeline to Europe, which serves as a pointy cut up between the 2 nations, can be anticipated to be mentioned. Biden will doubtless reiterate issues that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will present Moscow with elevated leverage over Europe.
Biden has made it a precedence to restore U.S. relations with Germany, after former president Donald Trump’s repeated clashes with Merkel over points similar to NATO contributions, multilateralism and commerce.
President Joe Biden in Washington, DC on July 2, 2021 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Could 6, 2020.
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