In call with Trump, Merkel urges EU-U.S. dialogue on trade




March 27th, 2018 | By Paul Carrel

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for dialogue on trade policy between the European Union and the United States in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Trump last Thursday temporarily excluded the EU, the United States’ biggest trading partner, and six non-European countries from higher U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum.

“The chancellor called for a dialogue process between the European Union and the United States on trade policy, taking into account the rules-based international trade system,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

Seibert said Merkel and Trump had also affirmed their solidarity with Britain following a nerve gas attack that targeted a former Russian double agent in England.

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