Kamala Harris is now hosting German chancellor Angela Merkel for a meeting at the vice-president’s residence, the Naval Observatory.
The meeting marks the first time that Harris has hosted a foreign leader at the Naval Observatory since she took office in January. (Harris did not move into the residence until April because of ongoing repairs.)
According to memo from the vice-president’s team, the two leaders will discuss the threats facing democracies around the world and the importance of the US-German alliance.
“The Vice President will emphasize that we must work together to navigate many challenges together, including global health and climate crises, gender inequality, an increasingly uncertain geopolitical environment, and the Russia and China relationships,” the memo says.
Biden to meet Merkel at White House as German chancellor prepares to step down
Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.
Joe Biden will meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House today, as the longtime leader prepares to step down from her post after 16 years.
The two leaders will participate in a bilateral meeting before holding a joint press conference this afternoon. Merkel will also join Biden and Kamala Harris for a dinner with their spouses tonight.
Merkel’s visit marks Biden’s latest attempt to strengthen US alliances, after four years of Donald Trump’s divisive leadership.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that Merkel’s visit “will affirm the deep and enduring bilateral ties between the United States and Germany” and “address our robust partnership on shared global challenges”.
Merkel will also likely push Biden on the future of Afghanistan now that the US military is leaving and Taliban forces are making territorial gains across the country.
The blog will have more details on Merkel’s visit coming up, so stay tuned.
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