Merkel to go to Tbilisi on Sunday, Berlin says

Other News Materials 14 August 2008 22:42 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Tbilisi on Sunday for talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Berlin confirmed Thursday evening.

A government spokesman said the visit would last just a day.

Merkel's visit would follow shortly on her trip starting on Friday to Russia, when she is to meet with President Dimitry Medvedev. That meeting, with the talks expected to focus on the Caucasus conflict, is to take place in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

The German chancellor's visit to Tbilisi would also follow shortly on that of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is due to travel to the Georgian capital on Friday in the ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the regional conflict.