George Clooney seeks Merkel meet to discuss refugees
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George Clooney seeks Merkel meet to discuss refugees

‘Syriana’ star and husband of human rights lawyer plans to ask how Hollywood can help with Europe’s unprecedented migrant crisis

George Clooney in South Sudan (photo credit: Tim Freccia/Not On Our Watch)
George Clooney in South Sudan (photo credit: Tim Freccia/Not On Our Watch)

BERLIN — Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.

Clooney told reporters at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday that the movie industry is sometimes slow to react to events in the news.

The Hollywood star was asked whether he plans to make a sequel to his 2005 political thriller “Syriana” that would reflect the turmoil that has shaken the Middle East since then.

Clooney said telling those stories would be “tough” but necessary.

Clooney said he will meet with Merkel on Friday to ask “what messages and what things we can do and the things that we can help with.”

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, left, talks to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney before his verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, left, talks to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney before his verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The actor, who is married to Beirut-born human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, has long advocated for an end to genocide in Sudan and for combating global poverty. He supports many other causes, including disaster relief, the environment, campaigns against slavery and human trafficking, and LGBT rights.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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