Merkel cancels Algeria visit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cancelled a visit to Algeria because President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is unable to hold their meeting due to bronchitis, Algeria’s state news agency APS said, quoting a statement from the presidency.

Merkel was due to visit Algeria earlier this week as part of a trip to North Africa.
“The visit will be reprogrammed at a date suitable for the two parties,” the presidency said.



Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke in 2013, is now rarely seen in public, mostly appearing in state media for meetings with visiting dignitaries.