German foreign minister visits Middle East

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17 January 2006, BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will on Wednesday begin his first trip to the Middle East since taking office last November, officials said.

17 January 2006

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will on Wednesday begin his first trip to the Middle East since taking office last November, officials said.

Steinemeier will begin his tour in Egypt where he is due to meet President Hosny Mubarak and make a speech at the international book fair.

Israel will be the second leg, and Steinmeier will have talks with President Moshe Katzav and acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He will also lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Steimeier will then visit the Palestinian territories for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

He will then travel by car from Ramallah in the West Bank to Jordan via the Allenby Bridge, officials said.

Steinmeier will conclude his trip in Amman where he will meet Foreign Minister Abdelelah Al-Khatib.

DPA

Subject: German news

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