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World Macron, Merkel meet in Paris on world's crises, EU issues

12:30  17 september  2021
12:30  17 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris later Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office. The meeting comes after French authorities announced overnight the death of the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, killed in southern Mali in a French-led operation with backup from U. S ., EU , Malian and Nigerien military forces. France has over 5,000 troops deployed in the broader Sahel region to fight Islamic extremists.

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office. Key topics include the diplomatic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the fight against Islamic extremists in Africa’ s Sahel region and European Union affairs, both leaders said before their meeting , to be followed by a working dinner. The meeting comes ahead of Germany’ s parliamentary elections on Sept.

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues, days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office.

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Key topics include the diplomatic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the fight against Islamic extremists in Africa’s Sahel region and European Union affairs, both leaders said before their meeting, to be followed by a working dinner.

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Macron pushed for greater European ``autonomy'' regarding the world ' s crises , citing the ``fight against terrorism'' in Libya and in Africa's Sahel region. French authorities announced overnight the death of the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, killed in southern Mali in a French-led operation. France has over 5,000 troops deployed in the Sahel to fight Islamic extremists. Paris announced plans to nearly halve that force in the coming years. Germany has several hundred soldiers in United Nations stabilization and European Union training missions in Mali.

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris later Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will mark the end of her 16 years in office. The meeting comes after French authorities announced overnight the death of the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, killed in southern Mali in a French-led operation with backup from U. S ., EU , Malian and Nigerien military forces. France has over 5,000 troops deployed in the broader Sahel region to fight Islamic extremists.

The meeting comes ahead of Germany’s parliamentary elections on Sept. 26. Merkel has announced she won’t seek a fifth term.

Although Germany will be putting together a new government after the election, “we want to make everything possible on the German side so that there is no standstill on the necessary decisions that need to be made,” Merkel said. In Germany, the outgoing chancellor stays on until a new coalition government is formed, which can take weeks or months.

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a press conference prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a press conference prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Macron said he was closely monitoring the political developments in Germany. Until a new government is formed, “dear Angela Merkel and myself will continue to work hand in hand on the big issues on which we seek to bring Franco-German solutions,” he said.

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PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris later Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office. The meeting comes after French authorities announced overnight the death of the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, killed in southern Mali in a French-led operation with backup from U. S ., EU , Malian and Nigerien military forces. France has over 5,000 troops deployed in the broader Sahel region to fight Islamic extremists.

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris later Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office. The meeting comes after French authorities announced overnight the death of the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, killed in southern Mali in a French-led operation with backup from U. S ., EU , Malian and Nigerien military forces. France has over 5,000 troops deployed in the broader Sahel region to fight Islamic extremists.

On Afghanistan, Macron and Merkel said they would discuss how to extract remaining European citizens and Afghans who are under threat, and how to support neighboring nations hosting Afghan refugees.

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

“We will of course also have to consider what the end of the NATO deployment in Afghanistan means for us and our future missions in connection with the fight against terrorism, and what lessons we draw from its unsuccessful end, if you look at the aims we had imagined,” Merkel said.

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a press conference prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a press conference prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Macron pushed for greater European “autonomy” regarding the world’s crises, citing the “fight against terrorism” in Libya and in Africa's Sahel region.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris later Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will mark the end of her 16 years in office. Macron ' s office said topics will include the

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues , days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office. Key topics include the diplomatic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the fight against Islamic extremists in Africa’ s Sahel region and European Union affairs, both leaders said before their meeting , to be followed by a working dinner.

French authorities announced overnight the death of the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, killed in southern Mali in a French-led operation.

France has over 5,000 troops deployed in the Sahel to fight Islamic extremists. Paris announced plans to nearly halve that force in the coming years. Germany has several hundred soldiers in United Nations stabilization and European Union training missions in Mali.

Both governments expressed concern this week at reports on the possible deployment of Russian mercenaries in Mali.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer tweeted on Wednesday that, if confirmed, “that puts into question the basis of the mandate” for German soldiers in Mali.

A French top official, speaking anonymously in accordance with the Elysee's customary practices, said Merkel will be back in Paris in the coming weeks for a “goodbye visit.”

Macron met last week with two candidates to succeed her, Armin Laschet of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Olaf Scholz, running for the Social Democrats.

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France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leave after a joint press conference, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leave after a joint press conference, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The meetings, at the request of the two candidates, allowed Macron to get “the most precise information possible” about the political situation in Germany, and different hypothesis for the future coalition government, the official said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting with France's President Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting with France's President Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Macron didn't meet with Greens contender Annalena Baerbock.

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AP Writer Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to the story.

'Eternal' chancellor: Germany's Merkel prepares to leave the stage .
She was called "the leader of the free world" as authoritarian populists were on the march in Europe and the United States, but Angela Merkel is wrapping up a historic 16 years in power with an uncertain legacy at home and abroad. In office so long she was dubbed Germany's "eternal chancellor", Merkel, 67, leaves with her popularity so resilient she would likely have won a record fifth term had she sought it. Instead, Merkel will pass the baton as the first German chancellor to step down entirely by choice, with a whole generation of voters never knowing another person at the top.

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