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Obama to attend German Protestant church gathering in May - paper
April 11, 2017 / 8:17 AM / 5 months ago

Obama to attend German Protestant church gathering in May - paper

FILE PHOTO - Former president Barack Obama embraces a staff member before boarding Special Air Mission 28000, a Boeing 747 which serves as Air Force One, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. on January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama will attend the annual meeting of the Protestant church in Germany in late May, daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday.

A church spokeswoman declined to comment ahead of a news conference later on Tuesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and other leaders will also attend the May 24-28 meeting, which will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, launched when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral.

Obama’s visit to Germany would coincide with a NATO summit in Brussels on May 25, which his successor Donald Trump plans to attend.

A crowd of more than 200,000 turned out to hear the then presidential candidate Obama speak in Germany in July 2008.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by John Stonestreet

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