Merkel, Obama to meet in Washington 'early June': Berlin

22nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

US President Barack Obama will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington in early June, her office said Tuesday, without giving more precise dates.

Merkel would receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States, as well as hold meetings with Obama, Berlin said.

"The chancellor will travel to Washington at the beginning of June for an official visit for talks with President Obama and the presentation of the Medal of Freedom," spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on microblogging site Twitter.

Seibert's office confirmed the announcement but did not immediately give further details.

Merkel was unable to attend the Medal of Freedom awards ceremony in February.

When announcing the award, Obama noted that Merkel was "the first woman and first East German to serve as chancellor of a unified Germany" and "has often said that freedom is the happiest experience of her life."

Merkel was among 15 recipients of the award who also included former president George H.W. Bush, legendary investor Warren Buffett and poet Maya Angelou.

Obama said last week he would visit Ireland, France, Poland and Britain on a trip to Europe in May.

The announcement of the trip came as Berlin and Washington find themselves differing over their responses to the situation in Libya.

Berlin has said it will not send troops to contribute to the international effort there and abstained on an United Nations resolution to enforce a no-fly zone.

© 2011 AFP

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