George Clooney and wife Amal meet with German chancellor about Syrian refugeesFriday FEB12, 2016 Taking a break from promoting his latest film, “Hail, Caesar!,” in Germany,George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, paid a visit to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.
The actor-activist and the human-rights attorney sat down for a private meeting with Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe’s efforts to help the Middle Eastern nation’s refugees, the Associated Press reported.
They talked about “the responsibilities of all states, not just European states but states around the world, to deal with what is a global problem, not just a Syrian problem or a German issue,” said former British foreign secretary David Miliband, who now helms the International Rescue Committee aid group and joined the couple for the 40-minute sit-down.
Miliband said the Clooneys wanted to hear from the chancellor and “support what she’s doing” as a leader to help eradicate the crisis by opening Germany’s borders to numerous refugees in the past year — 1.1 million in 2015, according to the Guardian.
George Clooney, who has been vocal about Sudan’s Darfur crisis since 2006 and has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2008, asked for the meeting, Miliband said.
The Clooneys also plan to meet with some Syrian refugees on Friday.