Obama planning to visit Germany soon

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DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 6 May, 2009 Updated Wed 6 May 2009 08:12 CEST
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US President Barack Obama will return to Germany for a visit soon, according to daily Bild on Wednesday.

Obama, who dazzled more than 200,000 supporters at a campaign speech in Berlin last July, plans to come back for an official visit, the paper said.

“There is still no set location or exact time,” government spokesperson Ulrich Wilhelm told Bild.

Talks between Washington and Berlin are ongoing, but the paper said sources revealed the visit would be some time in early summer for at least a one-day meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dresden, one of Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is one of the locations under consideration, the paper reported, adding that US security forces had already been on location to inspect the area.

Meanwhile local daily Thüringer Allgemeine reported Wednesday that Obama planned to visit the state of Thuringia on June 5.

The new President is also considering a visit to Nazi death camp Buchenwald, just outside the city of Weimar, state government sources told the paper.

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