European leaders to meet Obama in Germany Monday: Merkel

20th April 2016, Comments 0 comments

The leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy will hold an "informal meeting" with US President Barack Obama in the German city of Hanover on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

The meeting will see the US leader meeting French President Francois Hollande, Merkel, and the British and Italian prime ministers, David Cameron and Matteo Renzi, she told reporters in Berlin.

Obama is to arrive in Hanover on Sunday to attend the city's industrial technology fair on the third and final leg of a three-nation trip that is also taking him to Saudi Arabia and Britain.

Merkel, who extended the invitation to the other leaders, said they would address "important issues on the international agenda including Syria, certainly the issue of Russia-Ukraine and perhaps also Libya and migration".

She noted that the same group had gathered on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Turkey in November and that the format allowed the leaders "to simply exchange views on political circumstances and make sure we are on the same page in terms of information and options for taking action".

Merkel said last month that she hoped to advance negotiations with the United States on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which were started in 2013.

A spokeswoman for Cameron said she "would expect" the leaders to discuss the migrant crisis, the fight against the Islamic State group and the situations in Libya and Ukraine.

The meeting will take place at Hanover's imposing Herrenhausen Castle, famous for its baroque gardens.

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