December 3, 2019 / 5:21 PM / 2 months ago

Merkel upbeat about NATO summit despite differences among members

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other heads of state, ahead of the NATO summit in London, Britain December 3, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was going into a NATO summit with a sense of optimism despite differences between the alliance’s members over its health.

After meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, she told reporters: “The discussion we have just had with the Turkish president shows that meetings where we can address these topics are always good.”

“With all the differences between members, and we need to address them, we need to talk about the future of NATO and our common strategic interests, I’m going into this meeting relatively optimistically,” Merkel added.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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