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Obama wishes German chancellor "speedy recovery" from injury

English.news.cn   2014-01-09 04:19:29            

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday wished German Chancellor Angela Merkel "a speedy recovery" from her injury sustained in a skiing accident in December, as Washington is trying to rebuild trust with Berlin and other allies damaged by extensive U.S. spying.

In their conversation over the phone, Obama also congratulated the chancellor on her formation of a new cabinet, the White House said in a readout of the talks.

It said the two leaders discussed their agenda for 2014, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and a NATO summit, and looked forward to "working closely together to advance our shared interests."

Obama invited Merkel for a revisit to Washington "at a mutually agreeable time" in the coming months, as the chancellor met with the president at the White House in June 2011.

Merkel cited "a serious breach of trust" when she spoke to Obama over the phone in October in an angry response to U.S. spying on her mobile phone communications. She later said, "New trust must be built for the future."

Washington's mass domestic and global spying program, as unveiled by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, has sparked outcries in other European countries and other continents, as their leaders were targeted as well.

Editor: Mengjie
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