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Chancellor Merkel is in the White House on Thursday. Foreign Minister Maas, on the other hand, stays away from the American capital on his trip to the US.

Berlin / Detroit (dpa) – Shortly before Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) visited Washington, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) made a three-day trip to the US on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, he planned to make a stopover in the former industrial metropolis of Detroit in the northeast of the country and visit a nearby production facility of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Pfizer is collaborating with the German company Biontech in the production of corona vaccines.

Before his departure, Maas once again emphasized the importance of international cooperation in the distribution of vaccines. “Without global solidarity in vaccine distribution, Delta will not have been the last variant we have to beat,” he said.

He did not respond to the dispute over the suspension of patent protection for vaccines. The US is committed to it, Merkel is strongly against it. Maas had recently shown that he is open to discussions about this.

On Tuesday evening, the foreign minister will travel to New York, where he will participate in a meeting of the UN Security Council on the conflict in Libya on Thursday. Germany plays a mediating role in this.

Just three weeks ago, Maas had co-hosted a meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin with the United Nations, whose aim was once again to end outside interference in the conflict. “We need international actors to work together here and a withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries and soldiers,” Maas emphasized before his departure.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had combined the meeting in Libya with his inaugural visit to Berlin. That’s one of the reasons Maas doesn’t stop in Washington during his trip.

Instead, Chancellor Merkel left for the US capital on Wednesday to meet US President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday. She will also receive an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

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