Netanyahu Heads to Germany Next Week for Talks with Merkel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Germany next week for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel notably about the situation in the Middle East, Berlin said on Friday.

The visit to Berlin by Netanyahu on Wednesday and Thursday is part of a further round of German-Israeli government consultations, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

The two leaders are due to have a dinner on Wednesday evening at the chancellery, followed by the consultations, whose focus is "innovation, education and sustainability" the following day.

"The chancellor anticipates good, open and friendly discussions as usual," Seibert told a regular government news briefing.

The meeting will come a week after the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to make Palestine a non-member state, in a move opposed by Israel and in which Germany abstained.

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