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Merkel agrees with Biden on importance of transatlantic cooperation - spokesman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as she arrives for a virtual news conference with French president Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany November 10, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden by telephone on Tuesday and they agreed on the importance of the transatlantic partnership, her spokesman said.

“She congratulated him and Vice President-designate Kamala Harris on their election victory. The chancellor expressed the wish for close and trusting future cooperation,” Merkel’s spokesman said in a statement.

“The chancellor and the president-designate agreed that transatlantic cooperation is of great importance in view of the many global challenges,” he added.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Edward Taylor