The actor and activist, a longtime supporter of Tibetan rights, is in Germany for the Berlin Film Festival, but he took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with the world leader in his role as the chair of the International Campaign for Tibet advocacy group.

Specific details about the Pretty Woman star's chat with the politician have yet to be revealed, with Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert simply stating they discussed "the current situation in Tibet", which is under Chinese occupation.

It was Gere's second political meeting in as many days. On Wednesday (08Feb17), on the eve of the festival's launch, he also spoke with Claudia Roth, a politician for the German Green Party and a Vice President of the Bundestag, the nation's parliament, to address the Tibetan cause and the future of the U.S. under controversial Republican President Donald Trump.

Gere's latest movie, The Dinner, will screen in competition at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday (10Feb17).

Ironically, in the film, the Primal Fear star portrays a candidate running for governor who has to deal with a crime in the family. The Dinner, directed by Oren Moverman and based on the Dutch novel of the same name, also features Laura Linney, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall.