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Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Obama, Merkel dine at 1789 in Georgetown

President Barack Obama walks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel follwing their dinner at 1789 restaurant in the Georgetown. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP)
President Barack Obama and Germany’s leader dined out Monday evening, a day before an elaborate official dinner is to be held at the White House.

Aides said Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel met at 1789 Restaurant in Washington’s historic Georgetown neighborhood, a gourmet establishment modeled after an elegant country inn.

The private dinner adds a personal touch to the pomp of the German leader’s official visit, an unusual gesture that underscores the importance of the relationship with Europe’s economic powerhouse.

The 56-year-old Merkel is the first woman and the first East German to lead a unified Germany.

By Associated Press  |  08:14 AM ET, 06/07/2011

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