By G9ija

Angela Merkel’s Thursday visit to Washington DC is her first during the tenure of US President Joe Biden and may be her last as the German Chancellor, as she earlier announced that she will not seek another term.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and U.S. President Joe Biden make brief remarks to the press before a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on July 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. During what is likely her last official visit to Washington, the leaders are expected to discuss their shared priorities on climate change and defense; and Biden is expected to voice his concerns about the Nord Stream 2 Russian natural gas pipeline.

US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are holding a joint press conference in Washington DC on Thursday following a bilateral meeting.

Among the discussion topics for the meeting were cooperation in regard to several common challenges, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, climate change, international security, and various economic issues.

Additionally, reports said that Biden and Merkel were set to discuss the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has seen Washington and Berlin at odds recently.