Germany’s Merkel to visit Biden at White House July 15

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BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 09: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media following the projection by news outlets of Joe Biden as the winner of the recent U.S. presidential election on November 09, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. German government leaders have reacted with relief and congratulations following the projected win by Democrat Joe Biden over Republic incumbent Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Joe Biden in Washington on July 15 to affirm “the deep bilateral ties” between the two countries, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

“The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values,” Psaki said.

The announcement was made on the first day of the Group of Seven summit in England. Biden has hosted two other world leaders since taking office, Japan and South Korea.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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