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King Abdullah holds talks with German Chancellor Merkel

  King Abdullah and Mayor Wowereit at the Brandenburg Gate

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held official talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today, the second day of his state visit to Germany.

The King is currently on 13-day tour of Europe and Turkey.   

The Saudi-German talks addressed regional and international developments, in particular the situation in Palestine and the Middle East peace process. The two leaders discussed the situation in Lebanon and agreed on the importance of an independent Lebanon without foreign intervention. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan as well as areas of bilateral cooperation.

King Abdullah met separately with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for talks today. In addition, the King visited the Berlin town hall and attended a luncheon held in his honor by Mayor Klaus Wowereit. The mayor also accompanied King Abdullah on a tour of Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate.

Several Saudi-German agreements were signed during the King’s visit, including an agreement on political cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the avoidance of double taxation.

King Abdullah departs Germany for Turkey tomorrow, the last stop on a tour that has taken him to Britain and Italy.