Video: Biden and Merkel Work to Strengthen Ties

“Chancellor Merkel has been here frequently over the past 16 years — as a matter of fact, she knows the Oval Office as well as I do. But all kidding aside, through this administration, she’s been there for four years — for four presidents. But I want to take a moment to acknowledge the historic nature of her chancellorship. First woman chancellor in German history. The first chancellor from the former East Germany. And now the second largest — longest serving chancellor since Helmut Kohl. Years of exemplary life of groundbreaking service to Germany, and I might add — and I mean it from the bottom of the heart — to the world. On behalf of the United States, thank you, Angela, for your career of strong, principled leadership, and thank you for speaking out for what is right. Today, we’re launching a Futures Forum between our two countries, which will bring together top experts across business, academia, civil society and more to collaborate as we shape our shared future. Madam Chancellor, I know that the partnership between Germany and the United States will continue to grow stronger on the foundation that you’ve helped to build. But on a personal note, I must tell you, I’ll miss seeing you at our summits. I truly will. So thank you again, Angela, for making the journey for our productive meeting today and for your friendship.”

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