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German president announces upcoming visit to Israel

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he will travel to Israel later this month to hold talks with its new government.

The state visit, which has been scheduled for June 30 to July 2, will allow Steinmeier to “bid farewell to departing state President [Reuven] Rivlin and to meet with his elected successor in office, Isaac Herzog.”

Steinmeier, who served two terms as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign minister, aims to “honor and strengthen the friendship and special partnership between Germany and Israel.”

The trip will also “offer the opportunity to intensify the political exchange of views on the current situation in the region with the new Israeli government.”

Steinmeier, whose office is largely ceremonial, says he will discuss “the future of Israeli society” and “shared challenges” during his visit.

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