Buhari congratulates German chancellor, Merkel, on her re-election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. AFP

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday wished President Vladimir Putin success in his new term in office and urged dialogue between Germany and Russian Federation to find sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) meet in Warsaw on Monday. "That's no way to operate".

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari has conveyed his congratulatory message to Merkel in a letter. President Donald Trump came under fire in the US for congratulating Putin for his re-election this week, without raising issues such as USA election meddling or the poisoning.

"Prime Minister Modi reiterated his commitment to continue working with Chancellor Merkel for deepening and strengthening the Indo-German bilateral relationship", the release said. Neither did she single out members of the government benches for reprimand - but her comment that "Islam has now become part of Germany" was a sharp rebuke to new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the CSU.

On the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, she said: "I wish I did not have to name Russian Federation today, but we can not ignore the evidence".

Merkel, 63, outlined her new government's agenda and highlighted a polarized country facing a range of threats from trade to a stable currency.

"Although our nation is in good shape and the economy is doing better than at any time since reunification, many people are anxious about the future", Merkel said.

She defended her controversial refugee policy and said it was time for Germany and Europe to do more to solve the crisis "on the EU's doorstep" in Syria.

Her speech was immediately dismissed by Alexander Gauland, co-leader of the AfD, who accused her of glossing over terrorism, crime...

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