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Merkel thanked by Afghan boy at party meeting

Published 29/11/2016

Afghan refugee Edris and his father meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)
Afghan refugee Edris and his father meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved a young Afghan boy to tears, shaking his hand after he publicly thanked her at a party meeting.

The boy, identified only as Edris, and his father attended a congress in Heidelberg on Monday evening of Ms Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats.

Edris said: "Thank you, Mrs. Merkel!"

The chancellor replied: "You've learned German well", and added: "keep practising."

He did, telling the chancellor: "And I wanted to touch your hands once."

Ms Merkel stepped down from the podium to meet the boy and pose for photos. Video footage showed the youngster wiping away tears.

Germany took in hundreds of thousands of migrants last year, earning Ms Merkel both praise and criticism.

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