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Germany's Merkel thanked by Afghan boy at party meeting

Associated Press Associated Press 29/11/2016
In this Nov. 28, 2016 picture German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, holds the hand of Afghan refugee boy Edris, right,during a regional party conference in Heidelberg, Germany. At left the father of the boy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved the young Afghan boy to tears, shaking his hand after he publicly thanked her at the meeting of Merkel's Christian Democrats. ( Philipp Rothe/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press In this Nov. 28, 2016 picture German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, holds the hand of Afghan refugee boy Edris, right,during a regional party conference in Heidelberg, Germany. At left the father of the boy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved the young Afghan boy to tears, shaking his hand after he publicly thanked her at the meeting of Merkel's Christian Democrats. ( Philipp Rothe/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — 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 Monday evening of 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."

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 Merkel both praise and criticism. Earlier in Monday's meeting, a disgruntled party member urged her to resign, earning boos.

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