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Obama and Merkel say differences remain over spying row

Published on May 3, 2014 4:00 AM
 
US President Barack Obama (right) answers a question as German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a press conference at the Rose Garden of the White House following their meeting on May 2, 2014 in Washington. Mr Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on Friday that differences remained in a damaging row over US spying which has strained their personal and diplomatic relationship. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted Friday that differences remained in a damaging row over US spying which has strained their personal and diplomatic relationship.

Ms Merkel on Friday made her first visit to the White House since revelations broke last year about National Security Agency (NSA) spies eavesdropping on her mobile phone, as well as about wider US surveillance programs.

The claims embarrassed Mr Obama, who sees Ms Merkel as a key European ally, and led Ms Merkel to say amid an uproar in Germany at the time that spying between friends is "just not done."

On Friday, in a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, both leaders were at pains to play down ill feeling over the NSA claims made by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden.

 
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