PM Modi congratulates Angela Merkel on her re-election

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed to the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also blamed Russian Federation for "just watching" the events unfold.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also congratulated German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on her reelection for another term. President Donald Trump came under fire in the US for congratulating Putin for his re-election this week, without raising issues such as USA election meddling or the poisoning.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari has conveyed his congratulatory message to Merkel in a letter.

He also assured Putin of "Nigeria's commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation under your watch".

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The new government says the number of migrants shouldn't exceed a range of 180,000-220,000 a year, a nod to conservatives in Merkel's bloc including new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer - one of her most prominent critics in the migrant crisis.

"We consider these tariffs unlawful", Merkel told lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding that Germany was convinced that isolationism would hurt everyone in the end. However, she said that this "exceptional humanitarian situation... should and must not be repeated".

Merkel acknowledged, as she has before, that European nations were "naive" in the years before 2015 in failing to see migration pressure building up.

The AfD, as the main opposition party, had the first response to the chancellor's speech, with its co-leader Alexander Gauland saying: "Society is falling apart".