Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Chancellor Merkel of Germany (February 2)

President Obama will host Chancellor Angela Merkel  at the White House on Monday, February 9.  Chancellor Merkel’s visit highlights the importance of U.S.-German cooperation on global affairs and the strong and abiding friendship between the United States and Germany.

The President and Chancellor Merkel will have a meeting in the Oval Office followed by a working lunch.  The two leaders will discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Russia, counterterrorism, ISIL, Afghanistan, and Iran.  They will also cover economic growth, international trade, climate change and Germany’s plans for hosting the G-7 Summit in June.

Germany is a close and valued ally, partner, and friend of the United States, and the President looks forward to welcoming Chancellor Merkel back to the White House.