Merkel's Washington visit postponed due to snowstorm

Indo Asian News Service

Berlin, March 14 (IANS) The meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump in Washington was postponed due to a coming snowstorm, media reports said.

According to German local media channel N-TV on Monday, White House also confirmed the delay, saying the scheduled Tuesday meeting will be on March 17 instead.

Topics on migrant crisis, NATO, as well as US-EU ties are expected to be covered at the summit, Xinhua news agency reported.

Trump, during his election campaign, had publicly criticized Merkel and Germany's refugee policy as a "catastrophic failure" and called it "chaos." The critics somehow indicated a bumpy start for the ties between Berlin and Washington.

Merkel hosted the visit for US Vice President Mike Pence at Munich Security Conference last month. In the southeast German city, Merkel said world conflicts require "joint efforts", which was seen as a gentle reminder to Trump's unilateralism and anti-globalization policies.

Trump also plans to visit Germany on July 7 and 8, attending the two-day G-20 summit in Hamburg.

--IANS

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