Merkel to visit Obama at White House next week

Visit will include a meeting at the Oval Office followed by a working lunch

Visit will include a meeting at the Oval Office followed by a working lunch

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Feb. 9, the White House announced Monday.

The visit will include a meeting at the Oval Office followed by a working lunch.

Obama and Merkel spoke by phone last week about escalating violence in Ukraine, and Russia’s support for separatists in the country’s east. In addition to the situation there, the White House said the leaders will discuss counterterrorism, ISIL, Afghanistan and Iran during next week's meeting.

They will also discuss economic growth, international trade, climate change, and Germany’s plans for hosting June’s G-7 Summit.

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