McAleese to hold talks with German Chancellor

President Mary McAleese will hold talks tomorrow with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official visit to Germany.

President Mary McAleese will hold talks tomorrow with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official visit to Germany.

McAleese will receive a ceremonial welcome to the country by president Horst Koehler in Berlin before laying a wreath at the Neue Wache War Memorial and visiting the Brandenburg Gate.

A meeting is scheduled in the afternoon with Chancellor Merkel as well as a visit to the Bundestag, the German parliament.

Arriving in Munich on Tuesday afternoon, Mrs McAleese will meet Minister-President of Bavaria, Dr Guenter Beckstein and the Irish community in the region.

On Wednesday, the president will visit St Killian’s Cathedral in Wurzburg before travelling onto other towns of Stromberg and Wiesbaden.

She will also meet European Central Bank president, Jean-Claude Trichet, in Frankfurt.

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan and Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche will also be travelling with the delegation for parts of the itinerary.

On Saturday, the president welcomed Princess Anne as the first British royal to visit Dublin’s Croke Park stadium for the Six Nations rugby fixture between Ireland and Scotland.

Mrs McAleese’s official overseas visits in 2007 included trips to New Zealand, Belgium, Italy, Jersey and Guernsey.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will also be making whistlestop visits to Poland, Austria and Slovenia this week.

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