BERLIN (REUTERS) - French President-elect Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (May 15) in Berlin, one day after his planned inauguration on Sunday (May 14).
This was announced on Friday (May 12) by Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert during a regular government news conference.
The visit aims at stressing the importance of the relationship with Germany to relaunch the European project, an aide to Macron said, confirming the visit.
“We want to work together on a few priorities: security, economy, investment and social protection,” the aide told Reuters.
Like outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande in 2012, Macron’s Monday meeting with Merkel will be his first overseas port of call since winning the May 7 election.
His aide, who declined to be identified, said Macron would also visit French troops abroad “very quickly” after Berlin.
France has thousands of troops spanning across West Africa hunting down militants, including bases in Mali and Chad.
It also has bases in Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates as well as small contingents in Jordan and northern Iraq as part of a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants in the region.