It shall be her first visit to Washington throughout Biden’s presidency, and certain her last US visit in a protracted period as chancellor.

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

The White House stated Merkel will visit on July 15 with a protracted record of points to focus on with Biden.

“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” the White House stated. “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 particular person on the G7 summit in Cornwall, which begins on Friday.

The visit 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 instructed he wished to keep away from confrontation with Germany. Merkel got here underneath intense strain to again off the undertaking following the poisoning of Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition chief, however finally didn’t.

A former physicist with a dry humor and distinctive skill 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 vp, together with throughout his yearly visits to the Munich Security Conference.


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