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Obama wishes Merkel speedy recovery after injury

Obama wishes Merkel a speedy recovery after German leader suffers pelvic injury on ski holiday

Obama wishes Merkel speedy recovery after injury

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama has wished German Chancellor Angela Merkel a speedy recovery after her recent skiing accident.

During a conversation Wednesday, he also congratulated Merkel on forming a new Cabinet.

The 59-year-old German leader broke her pelvis after falling during an annual holiday ski outing in the Swiss Alps. A spokesman disclosed the injury earlier this week. It requires Merkel to rest for a few weeks, though she'll continue to preside over Cabinet and government meetings and use a walking aid to get around.

The White House says Obama and Merkel noted the agenda that awaits them this year, including negotiations toward a proposed free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, and a NATO summit in the spring.

Obama also invited Merkel to visit Washington in the coming months.

Updated : 2021-05-06 13:04 GMT+08:00