A handout picture made available by al-Azhar media center on March 2, 2017 shows Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb (L), the Grand Imam of al-Azhar shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / AL-AZHAR MEDIA CENTER /
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to press Tunisian leaders to step up efforts to help curb an influx of illegal migrants to her country during a visit Friday.Her two-day trip, which also included a stop in Egypt, comes with Germany still reeling from several jihadist attacks, including a truck rampage by a Tunisian suspect at a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people.Merkel, who faces elections in September, is under pressure to reduce the number of asylum seekers coming to Germany, which has taken in more than one million migrants since 2015 .Merkel, who will address Tunisia's parliament, has urged the North African states to step up border controls and speed up procedures to repatriate migrants whose asylum applications are rejected.
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