German president visits Holocaust Memorial

Frank-Walter Steinmeier lays a wreath to honor Shoah victims while on official state visit to Israel.

May 7, 2017 14:01
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier touches a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the six mi

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier touches a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem on Sunday, as part of his official visit to the region.

During the four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Steinmeier will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and will address students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Steinmeier visits Yad Vashem (credit: REUTERS)

"The Federal President wants to both pay tribute to and deepen the special friendship between Germany and Israel", his website said.

Steinmeier's visit comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled talks last month with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his meeting with a group critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians

The dispute threatened to widen a rift between Israel and Germany over Jewish settlement building in the Israeli-occupied West Bank by Netanyahu's right-wing government.

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