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No serious contention likely in Obama-Merkel talks

world Updated: Jun 26, 2009 12:11 IST

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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel probably will hold to their disparate views on the Afghanistan war and the economic policy in the midst of worldwide financial problems during an hour-long meeting Friday.

The two seemed to hit it off well during Obama's ceremonial visits this month to the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald and to Dresden, the city firebombed by the Allies during World War II.

Merkel's 25-hour visit will be busy. It starts with energy and climate discussions with Congress members including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives. Then comes the White House talks with Obama, a joint news conference and lunch with Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.