Merkel to attend controversial UN aid summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R), pictured on May 5, 2016, will be one of more than 50 leaders to take part in the the first-ever world humanitarian summit in IstanbulGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel will be among some 50 leaders attending the first-ever world humanitarian summit in Istanbul to rethink the global aid strategy, UN diplomats said Monday. Merkel, who has been at the center of Europe’s refugee crisis, confirmed her attendance, as did Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country holds the six-month presidency of the European Union. The United States is expected to send the head of the US Agency for International Development.

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