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Modi makes congratulatory call to Merkel

22 March, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference after talks at the chancellery in Berlin

Mrs Merkel described relations between Ireland and Germany as "excellent".

Merkel did not mention the AfD by name, instead referring to "the election results of September 2017".

Merkel's stance contrasts with officials more reluctant to point the blame at Russian President Vladimir Putin, including United Kingdom opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who expressed doubts about intelligence linking the Kremlin to the operation.

Merkel acknowledged that the debate about migration and integration has "divided and polarized our country to this day".

An official release said Modi lauded "the strong leadership" provided by Chancellor Merkel to Germany, and the pivotal role played by Germany in European affairs during her tenure. All Germans need to benefit from the longest economic boom since 1990, she said. "And such an exceptional situation should and must not be repeated".




Merkel has been criticized by German politicians and rights organizations for her silence on Turkish invasion of Afrin. But she was unapologetic about her response, arguing that the government has taken action to prevent a repeat. But she said will "always defend it" and pointed to more hard efforts to achieve similar agreements with Libya.

She's been chancellor of Germany for 12 years, reduced to a caretaker for the past six months until she could form a new government. Seehofer sparked a furor last week when he told the Bild newspaper that "Islam does not belong in Germany".

He added: "I thank the Chancellor and German government for their ongoing and resolute support".

"Mass immigration is continuing indefinitely", said Gauland, who's now the opposition leader in parliament and spoke immediately after Merkel.

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