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 aiming for a fifth term, elections to replace her are in September. She will have worked with four US presidents during her tenure.
The White House said Merkel would visit on July 15 with a long list of subjects to discuss with Biden.
“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will reinforce the deep bilateral ties between the US and Germany,” said the White House. “Leaders will discuss their commitment to working closely together on a number of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security on the foundation our common democratic values. ”
The visit comes weeks after Biden decided, for national security reasons, to waive sanctions against the company behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2, an oil pipeline. His senior aides suggested that he avoid a confrontation with Germany. After the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, Merkel came under strong pressure to withdraw the project, but ultimately did not.
A former physicist with a dry sense of humor and a unique ability to partner American leaders, 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.