Friday, February 27, 2004

Schroeder in Washington

For the first time in two years, German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is visiting the White House. He is expected to tell President Bush that "Germany will not deploy combat troops in Iraq, but will help in other ways such as schooling future Iraqi policemen in the United Arab Emirates and writing off Iraqi debt." He is also expected to "reaffirm his commitment to Afghanistan."

German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is visiting the White House for the first time in two years - a sign of improving relations following the Iraq war.

The issue of reconstructing Iraq is likely to be top of the agenda.

The two leaders will also discuss the Middle East and Afghanistan, where Germany has a high troop presence.

Both countries are taking a pragmatic approach to future relations, aware that there are still significant differences of opinion.

The main issues will be Iraq, the Middle East and the war on terror.

Gerhard Schroeder will tell George Bush that Germany will not deploy combat troops in Iraq, but will help in other ways such as schooling future Iraqi policemen in the United Arab Emirates and writing off Iraqi debt.

He will also reaffirm his commitment to Afghanistan, where Germany has nearly 2,000 troops.


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