Statement on the Visit of German Chancellor Merkel

Monday, April 4, 2011

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For Immediate Release

President Obama and the First Lady will welcome German Chancellor Merkel and her husband, Dr. Joachim Sauer, to the White House for an official visit and State dinner on June 7, 2011.  This will be the first such visit by a German chancellor or president since President Richard von Weizsäcker was hosted at the White House in 1992, two years after German reunification.  Chancellor Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany and who became Germany’s first woman chancellor in 2005, received the 2010 Medal of Freedom, which the President will present to her during this visit. 

The Chancellor’s visit underscores the fundamental importance of the U.S.-German alliance, the depth of the friendship between our people, and our commitment to move forward together on behalf of our shared interests and values. The President and the Chancellor will discuss the broad array of issues on which the United States and Germany cooperate closely, including in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, and on promoting human rights and global economic stability and growth.

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