WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that the United States "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her communications, said the White House on Wednesday.
According to a White House statement, Obama and Merkel spoke by phone regarding the latest allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted the communications of the German Chancellor.
"The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges," said the White House, adding that the U.S. is reviewing its intelligence- gathering to ensure a balance of security and privacy.
The two leaders also agreed to intensify further cooperation between the two countries' intelligence services, said the White House.
The German government said in a statement on Wednesday that it has received information that U.S. intelligence is spying on the mobile phone communications of Merkel.
In a White House daily briefing on Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney sidestepped a question about whether Merkel's phone calls may have been monitored by the NSA's surveillance program.
According to the German statement, Merkel called Obama and said that she views such practices, if confirmed, as "completely unacceptable."
Merkel is the latest U.S. ally to express worry about the NSA's intelligence surveillance programs, following French President Francois Hollande's complaining about NSA's spying on millions of French citizens earlier this week.
BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The German government voiced its anger on Wednesday evening at possible U.S. intelligence's spying on the mobile phone communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying it would be "a serious breach of trust" if confirmed.
In an unusual sharply-worded statement, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday after her government had received information on the possible spying. Full story
PARIS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande demanded a "bilateral cooperation" between French and U.S. intelligence services "in order to figure out" the alleged U.S. spying behaviors, French gouvernment spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said on Wednesday.
Hollande hoped that "a bilateral cooperation could be carried out between French and American intelligence services in order to figure out more clearly" the alleged spying practices of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Vallaud-Belkacem told a press conference after the cabinet meeting, "which was accepted by (U.S.) President Barack Obama."Full story
ROME, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Wednesday raised the issue of alleged U.S. special service's spying on the European Union (EU) during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, according to ANSA news agency.
According to sources from the Italian government quoted by ANSA, Letta raised concerns about reports that Italians were among millions of people to have their phone conversations intercepted by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).Full story