February 9, 2015 / 5:36 PM / 3 years ago

Germany's Merkel says wants European trade agreement with U.S

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday it was in Germany’s interest to reach a European free trade agreement with the United States.

Merkel said at a joint news conference in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama that such an agreement would help boost growth and that Germany would ensure negotiations are pursued.

Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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