German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin on June 18, 2018. AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to land in Beirut Thursday for a visit that is part of a new policy to play a bigger role in the Middle East.Merkel's visit comes after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier made an official visit in January and then-Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Germany's foreign minister earlier this year. The general message of the trip will be to demonstrate the country's continued economic and political support for Lebanon. Hariri met with Merkel in April 2017, when she promised to visit Beirut if she was re-elected, the source said. Inside Germany, there were doubts as to whether Merkel would be able to travel due to the rocky political situation.
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