It will be her first visit to Washington during Biden’s presidency, and likely her last visit to the United States in a long time as chancellor.
Merkel is not running for a fifth term and elections to replace her take place in September. She will have worked with four US presidents during her tenure.
The White House has said Merkel will visit July 15 with a long list of issues to discuss with Biden.
“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will confirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” said the White House. “The leaders will discuss their commitment to cooperate closely on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security on the basis of our shared democratic values. ”
The visit comes weeks after Biden decided to lift sanctions on the company behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2, an oil pipeline, citing national security concerns. His main collaborators suggested that he wanted to avoid confrontation with Germany. Merkel came under intense pressure to abandon the project following the poisoning of Alexey Navalny, the leader of the Russian opposition, but ultimately did not.
A former physicist with dry humor and a unique ability to cultivate American leaders as partners, Merkel has worked with Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Her close relationship with Obama was famous, but she also met and spoke with Biden during his tenure as vice president, including during his annual visits to the Munich Security Conference.