press trust of india
Washington, 4 July
US President Barack Obama has called up German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the latter’s concerns over the alleged surveillance activities of National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.
“The President and the Chancellor discussed the recent reports of surveillance activities allegedly conducted by the US National Security Agency. The President assured the Chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and partners,” the White House said in a readout of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders yesterday.
Mr Obama and Ms Merkel reaffirmed the importance of continued close cooperation between intelligence services of the two nations in the fight against terrorism and other threats to the security of the United States, Germany, and their allies.
“The leaders agreed to hold a high-level meeting of US and German security officials in the coming days to discuss these matters in greater detail,” the readout said.
The two leaders reiterated their strong support for the launch of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, the White House said.