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Obama assures Germany's Merkel U.S. not monitoring her communications: White House
October 23, 2013 / 6:29 PM / 4 years ago

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

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.

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel sits in her limousine as she leaves the first round of coalition talks between Germany's conservative (CDU/CSU) parties and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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

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