Clooneys play 'Peacemaker', meet Chancellor Angela Merkel

Barlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday hosted George Clooney for talks on Europe’s refugee influx, her spokesman said, after the Hollywood actor offered to lend star power to help with the crisis.

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George Clooney and his wife Amal leave the Chancellery in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Pic/AFP

Discussions between the German leader and Clooney, as well as his wife Amal — a Lebanese-born human rights lawyer — focused on “refugee policies and their involvement in the IRC” — the aid group International Rescue Committee, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.

Britain’s former foreign minister David Miliband, who is now head of the IRC, also attended the discussions, Merkel’s spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz added. “There was an exchange on refugee policy as well as issues surrounding international conflicts during the meeting which was held at the request of Mr and Mrs Clooney,” she added.

The actor had told reporters on Thursday that he would meet Merkel and, separately a group of asylum seekers, “to talk about and ask what messages and what things we can help.”

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