Netanyahu to meet Merkel after violence at home delayed Berlin trip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, four months later than planned after violence in his home country delayed the visit.

The Israeli cabinet is regularly invited to Berlin for consultations and the two allies celebrated the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties last year.

This sixth consultation, however, is set to be a more sombre affair, as a fresh wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks on Israelis is undermining international hopes of brokering a peace solution in the region.

Israeli and German politicians are also set to draw up plans to tackle cybercrime and a joint development aid programme for Africa.

The visit will also give Netanyahu an opportunity to express on record in Berlin his opposition to the recent nuclear deal drawn up between world powers and Iran, of which Germany was a part.

The German capital has been on high alert since Monday, when the Israeli premier arrived. His visit coincides with the Berlin Film Festival, with authorities working to ensure that road blocks and heightened security are no great hindrance to the throngs of film fans in the city.

Last update: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 10:58
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