Olmert discusses Iran and Gaza with Merkel in Berlin

Israel Materials 12 February 2008 13:05 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) -  Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Tuesday for talks focussing on the potential nuclear threat to Israel from Iran and the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Olmert was expected to press for more stringent sanctions against Iran.

The two leaders met late Monday at the German government guesthouse at Meseberg near Berlin.

Olmert, who arrived in Berlin Sunday evening, spent much of Monday at Berlin's Jewish Museum under conditions of tight security.

The Israeli leader was also to meet President Horst Koehler and the president of the German parliament, Norbert Lammert, before leaving Tuesday evening.

The German government has announced that members of the German cabinet, headed by Merkel, are to visit Israel for a joint session with members of the Israeli cabinet on March 18 to mark 60 years since the founding of the Jewish state.

The two cabinets plan to hold annual meetings.