Schroeder to meet Bush in Washington in June

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20 May 2005, BERLIN - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will have talks with US president George W. Bush in Washington next month, the government said on Friday in a statement.

20 May 2005

BERLIN - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will have talks with US president George W. Bush in Washington next month, the government said on Friday in a statement.

Schroeder will travel to the US on 26-29 June and will meet Bush in the White House on 27 June. Global issues will top the agenda, according to the statement, which did not give any further details.

The German leader will also make a speech to the Chamber of Commerce in Washington. In remarks widely quoted in the US, the leader of Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD), Franz Muentefering, recently described some foreign investors in Germany as acting like a plague of "locusts".

Schroeder will conclude his trip with a visit to San Francisco and the surrounding region, said the statement, adding that more details on the Californian leg of the visit will be released in coming weeks.

Following sharp differences over the Iraq war - which Germany strongly opposed - Schroeder was invited to Washington in February 2004 for a fence-mending meeting.

Relations between both leaders further warmed at year's Group of Eight (G8) summit hosted by Bush at Sea Island, Georgia and in February of this year when the US leader visited the German city of Mainz for talks with Schroeder.

Meanwhile Helmut Kohl's office announced on Friday that the former German chancellor will have talks with US president George W. Bush during a trip to the United States next week.

Kohl will also meet US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice during his talks in Washington on 26-27 May, said the statement.

The five day trip begins in Chicago on 23 May where Kohl will address the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on 'Germany, Europe and Transatlantic Relations' and receive the Council's International Global Leadership award.

Kohl, who is 75, served as Chancellor from 1982 to 1998. He was a driving force behind the historic 1990 German reunification.


[Copyright DPA with Expatica 2005]

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