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Merkel backs talks with U.S. to rebuild trust

English.news.cn   2014-07-19 01:21:41
 • Merkel Friday said the lost trust between the two countries could be rebuilt only by talks and agreements.
 • Merkel stressed that the US is Germany's most important ally despite their disagreements about security.
 • The representative of U.S. intelligence agencies in Germany left Berlin on Thursday.

 

BERLIN, July 18 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said the lost trust between Germany and the United States due to allegations of U.S. spying activities could be rebuilt only by talks and agreements.

Speaking at a press conference, Merkel said the two countries should use conversation platforms such as U.S.-German cyber dialogs to establish trust.

Merkel stressed that the United States is Germany's most important ally despite their disagreements about security, data protection and the cooperation between intelligence services.

"The cooperation with the United States is of great importance for the security of Germany," she said.

The chancellor also noted that Germany and the United States have been keeping a very strong partnership based on shared values.

"It is important for the EU and the United States to continue to work closely on issues like the Ukraine crisis and nuclear negotiations with Iran as well as the conflict in the Middle East," said Merkel.

The relationship between Germany and the United States has been strained by last year's revelations of U.S. data gathering practices, especially allegations about the tapping of Merkel's mobile phone.

Recent press reports that U.S. intelligence had recruited two Germans to work for them as informants have led to a new round of tensions in German-U.S. relations.

The representative of U.S. intelligence agencies in Germany left Berlin on Thursday, complying with a request from the German government for him to leave as a consequence of the latest spying row that sparked anger in Germany.

A White House statement said Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday "exchanged views on U.S.-German intelligence cooperation, and the president said he'd remain in close communication on ways to improve cooperation going forward."

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WASHINGTON, July 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone, vowing to improve intelligence cooperation between the two countries.

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Editor: Tang Danlu
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