Friday 28 July 2017

Trump and Merkel 'agree fundamental importance of Nato'

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed on the "fundamental importance" of Nato to trans-Atlantic relations and the need for all members to pay their fair share, according to the White House.

The leaders also discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, relations with Russia and the Ukraine crisis during what was described as an "extensive telephone conversation".

In previous remarks Mr Trump has dismissed Nato as "obsolete", though during British prime minister Theresa May's visit to Washington on Friday, she said the president had assured her he was 100% behind Nato.

Mr Trump and Mrs Merkel agreed to deepen German-US relations, and increase cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

The White House said Mr Trump accepted Mrs Merkel's invitation to the Group of 20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July. He also said he looked forward to welcoming her to Washington soon.

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