US President Joe Biden will receive German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 15 at the White House, the spokesman announced today on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
The German leader, who is expected to retire after the September legislative elections, had a difficult relationship with Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will highlight the deep ties between the United States and Germany.” said Jen Psaki in a statement, specifying that the covid-19 pandemic and the environment would be among the meeting’s priority themes.
So far, the Democratic President has personally received only two foreign leaders: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Although Germany and the United States have traditionally maintained close relations, Trump’s term was marked by a notable cooling off between Berlin and Washington.
The former president in particular attacked what he considered to be Germany’s very low contribution to the NATO budget and criticized German exports.
In July he announced, without consultation, the return of 12,000 US troops stationed in Germany, a project that was abandoned by Joe Biden once he took power.
The G7 summit will take place between today and Sunday, bringing together, for the first time in two years, leaders of the G7 countries (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) and the European Union.
Under the presidency of the United Kingdom, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the leaders of Australia, South Africa, South Korea and India were invited for this edition, but the latter will intervene by videoconference.