September 19, 2018 / 5:59 PM / 3 months ago

Germany's Merkel hopes for respectful Brexit, close ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders ahead of the EU summit, in Salzburg, Austria, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for friendliness and respect in the negotiations between Britain and the European Union, seeking close ties after Brexit.

“I hope that we have an exit that takes place in a good atmosphere, with great respect for each other and that in certain areas very close cooperation is possible, namely in the areas of security — domestic and also foreign security,” Merkel told reporters as she arrived for a leaders’ summit.

Reporting by Francois Murphy, editing by Robin Emmott

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