2008-03-26 / Mideast


German Chancelor visits Jewish State

On a deeply emotional and historyladen visit to Israel to mark the Jewish state's 60th anniversary, German Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on two pressing issues: Israeli-Palestinian peace and Iran's nuclear weapons program. Merkel outlined plans for an Israeli-Palestinian peace conference in Berlin in June, and the Israelis asked that Germany, one of Iran's biggest trading partners, do more about stopping Iran's fundamentalist regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The two sides signed a string of agreements upgrading economic, defense, scientific and cultural ties. Here, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accompanies German Chancellor Angela Merkel to a special cabinet meeting at his office, in Jerusalem. Photo by GPO/BPH Images

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