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Trump, Merkel discuss Afghanistan, Ukraine issues on phone

IANS | Washington |

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan over a phone call, the White House said.

Trump and Merkel spoke on Wednesday and "pledged close cooperation and coordination on these and other issues," the statement said, Efe news reported.

Merkel had also addressed the issue of Ukraine on Monday during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande, urging Putin to use his influence on the separatists.

The Chancellor met Trump in March, after which the US President accused Germany of owing a vast sum of money to the US and NATO.