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Tags: EU | Germany | Merkel | Migrants

Refugee Defends Merkel's Reaction During Tearful Encounter

Refugee Defends Merkel's Reaction During Tearful Encounter

Friday, 17 July 2015 01:47 PM

BERLIN (AP) — A 14-year-old Palestinian refugee who burst into tears during a conversation with Angela Merkel is defending the German leader's handling of the incident.

Merkel faced criticism for her matter-of-fact explanation that Germany couldn't take in everyone who wants to come, and that asylum seekers can expect to learn within a year whether they can stay.

Reem Sahwil told ARD television Friday that Merkel "listened to me, and she also told me what she thinks about it, and I think that's OK."

Government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz says Merkel was "moved, just like anyone would be if they meet someone who had to leave their home."

A video of the encounter Wednesday, which had over 400,000 views on the government's Facebook page, showed Merkel hesitating briefly before patting the crying girl.

Online:

Merkel comments on immigration: http://www.bundeskanzlerin.de/Webs/BKin/DE/Mediathek/Einstieg/mediathek_einstieg_podcasts_node.html;jsessionid=4C84D35ED0B05BD0819F14CAB1FAA9BA.s4t2?id=1401506 (encounter with Palestinian girl at 44 minutes)

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A 14-year-old Palestinian refugee who burst into tears during a conversation with Angela Merkel is defending the German leader's handling of the incident.Merkel faced criticism for her matter-of-fact explanation that Germany couldn't take in everyone who wants...
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