George and Amal Clooney meet with Angela Merkel to discuss Refugee Crisis

David Miliband was also present

Olivia Blair
Saturday 13 February 2016 14:30
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Angela Merkel meets with Amal and George Clooney at the Federal Chancellery to talk about refugee policy
Angela Merkel meets with Amal and George Clooney at the Federal Chancellery to talk about refugee policy

George and Amal Clooney have met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the refugee crisis and war in Syria.

The actor and his human rights lawyer wife had a 40-minute private meeting in Berlin with the Chancellor and former British foreign secretary David Miliband, who is now the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

According to the Guardian, Clooney had earlier in the day told reporters he “absolutely agrees” with Germany’s open door policy towards refugees fleeing war in Syria.

Mr Miliband said the group discussed what countries around the world can do to solve “what is a global problem, not just a Syrian problem or a German issue”, the former Labour party politician also praised Ms Merkel for “showing very strong leadership” throughout the crisis.

On Friday, the Ocean’s Eleven actor told Reuters that, for, him “the refugee crisis is not just the Syrian refugees” and raised the continuing plight of refugees from South Sudan and Darfur.

“It’s really all over the world,” he said, “60 million displaced people right now in the world — it’s just a terrible, terrible time for it.”

Clooney is in the German capital to promote his latest film Hail, Ceaser! which was showcased at the Berlin Film Festival.

Additional reporting by Associated Press.

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