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Obama speaks with Merkel after row over US spying

Published on Jul 16, 2014 11:46 AM
 
A photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows US President Barack Obama (left) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaving after a press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin. President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station chief in Berlin. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station chief in Berlin.

The White House gave away little of the conversation about the latest espionage scandal to rock the crucial relationship between the US president and Europe's most powerful leader.

A statement said that Obama and Merkel "exchanged views on US-German intelligence cooperation, and the President said he'd remain in close communication on ways to improve cooperation going forward."

Obama and Merkel have forged a firm working relationship, but successive revelations about US spying and surveillance have strained US-German ties and put the German leader under intense political pressure at home.

 
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