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Merkel's Washington visit to meet Trump postponed to March 17

Merkel's Washington visit to meet Trump postponed to March 17

The two leaders will have a host of issues to discuss, including Russian Federation, trade and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Trump is also expected to raise Merkel's stance on refugees, to which he had taken a harsh stand during his campaign, reports CNN.

Cathryn Clüver, founding executive director of the Future Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is also executive director of the India and South Asian Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

As Trump has done with other world leaders in recent weeks, he will host Merkel for a bilateral meeting and joint news conference.

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Ahead of her trip to Washington, Merkel tells business leaders in Munich that free trade is important for both the United States and Germany. Merkel has been a leading critic of Trump's effort to ban travelers temporarily from seven Muslim-majority nations, a list that has since been pared back to six.

Driven by Events: Merkel's Refugee Policy by political journalist Robin Alexander says Mrs. Merkel was warned 40,000 migrants were travelling through the Balkans and could enter Germany in a single weekend. Trump's hasn't been shy about sharing his opinion of Merkel, who support for accepting Syrian refugees he called "insane", and suggested in a tweet she was "ruining Germany." . Merkel had a warm relationship with Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, but also developed a strong working relationship with George W Bush, despite major disagreements on the Iraq war and other issues.

Merkel's office also announced the postponement just before the Chancellor was due to depart. Talks will include Germany and France's efforts to address Russia's incursion in Ukraine and what role the U.S. can play.

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