Britain's new premier to meet with Merkel on Brexit, coup in Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday to discuss Britain's decision to leave the European Union and its consequences, a government spokesman said in Berlin.

May is expected to be welcomed at the chancellery with military honours and hold talks with Merkel at 5:30 pm (1530 GMT), followed by a working dinner, Steffen Seibert announced Monday, adding that the coup attempt in Turkey would also be discussed.

May is then due to fly to Paris on Thursday for a bilateral meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Downing Street said on Monday.

The leaders will discuss "the fight against terrorism, external security issues, the implementation of Brexit and the importance of the bilateral relationship" between Britain and France, the AFP news agency reported, citing the Elysee Palace.

The meetings in Germany and France mark May's first foreign trip since her appointment as prime minister last Wednesday in the wake of Britain's referendum vote on June 23 to leave the EU.

Merkel has not commented on May's appointment but has said that she wants to clarify quickly how her British counterpart wants to shape her country's future relationship with the EU.

May is under pressure to deliver trade access to the European single market once Britain has left the bloc. Merkel and her finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, have been adamant for years that this is not possible.

Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was holding a bilateral meeting with his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, in Brussels.

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