Merkel to go ahead with 29-30 Jan Israel visit

20th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was still scheduled Friday to pay her inaugural visit to Israel on January 29-30, a government spokesman, Thomas Steg, said in Berlin.

20 January 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was still scheduled Friday to pay her inaugural visit to Israel on January 29-30, a government spokesman, Thomas Steg, said in Berlin.

There had been suggestions that the grave illness of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would force a cancellation.

Steg said Merkel was still ready to go ahead with a visit. Berlin had made clear from the start that it could "decide relatively flexibly" on a date. January 29-30 had not been scratched and was still free in Merkel's diary.

"We continue to assume this trip will take place," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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