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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2005-2021) rejected UN Secretary-General António Guterres' offer to become a high-level advisor in the organization's structure, DPA news agency reported, citing the office of the former head of government.

Merkel had a telephone conversation with the secretary-general on the subject and thanked him, but said she would not accept the offer.

Earlier, the German media had reported on the proposal by Guterres.

Merkel served as chancellor for 16 years. In 2018, she said she would not run for a fifth term. In December 2021, she was succeeded by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as head of the German government.

The former chancellor has repeatedly said that she does not intend to take up political office after her resignation.

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