New Italy president Mattarella visits Berlin on first foreign trip

الاثنين 1436/5/11 هـ الموافق 2015/03/02 م واس
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Rome, Jumada I 11, 1436, March 02, 2015, SPA -- Italy's new president Sergio Mattarella is expected in
the German capital Monday for his first foreign trip, during which he
is to meet his counterpart Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela
Merkel, and visit a Berlin Wall memorial site, according to dpa.

Mattarella's office said the decision to pick Berlin for his first
international outing since his January 31 parliamentary election was
in recognition of strong Italo-German ties and of Germany's
leadership role in the European Union.

Later on Monday, Mattarella was slated to move on to Brussels, for
meetings scheduled on the next day with top EU officials, including
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and with King
Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
10:56 LOCAL TIME 07:56 GMT