24 January 2013

Egypt: Morsi Heads to Berlin for Talks With Merkel

President Mohamed Morsi is leaving for Berlin, Germany, next Wednesday on 30/1/2013 at an invitation by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The two-day official visit is meant to boost political, parliamentary and economic relations between Cairo and Berlin, a Presidential statement said on Wednesday 23/1/2013.

The President is seeking to have a new partnership strategy with Germany that would achieve a quantum leap in cooperation between the two countries, the statement said.

Morsi is scheduled to meet with Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, as well as a number of German parliament representatives, it said.

This is the first visit by Morsi to Germany since he assumed office on June 30, 2012.

Morsi's meeting with Merkel will also be the first. The two have had a number of phone conversations though.

The talks will also focus on regional and international issues of mutual concern atop of which the Palestinian cause and the Syrian crisis, according to the statement.

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