President Barack Obama will roll out the red carpet Tuesday for Chancellor Angela Merkel and exalt the links between Washington and Berlin, despite the differences that have emerged recently on the conflict in Libya and economic issues. Their discussions should include the situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the estate of Dominique Strauss-Kahn to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
But according to German media, the abstention of Germany in March during the vote of the Security Council UN paving the way for intervention in Libya was some teeth gnashing in Washington.
Arrived Monday evening in the U.S. capital, Angela Merkel has to go back on Tuesday evening. She is accompanied by five ministers, including Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economy Philipp Rosler and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
During her stay, the German Chancellor will also receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
The highlight of this short state visit should be the state dinner given by Mr. Obama in honor of Mrs. Merkel. Some 250 people were invited, including the husband of the Chancellor, Joachim Sauer, and former football player Jürgen Klinsmann.
Monday night, Angela Merkel had dinner with U.S. President in an “relaxed” atmosphere in a restaurant with posh neighborhood of Georgetown in the U.S. capital. “They talked for two hours, ” said a source within the German delegation. “It was a pleasant conversation in a relaxed atmosphere, ” the source said. For the occasion, Mr. Obama took his host at the restaurant “1789”, specializes in American cuisine.