Obama assures Germany's Merkel U.S. not monitoring her communications - White House

WASHINGTON Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:03am BST

1 of 3. U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg, in this September 6, 2013 file photo.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Merkel spoke on the phone about German fears that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on her.

Carney, asked about the allegation that the NSA had monitored her cell phone conversations, said Obama assured Merkel that "the United States is not monitoring the communications of the chancellor."

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)