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Obama invites Merkel to visit Washington after phone tap row

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as she leads the first cabinet meeting of the year, at the Chancellery in Berlin, January 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama Wednesday launched an effort to repair ties with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a diplomatic crisis provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her mobile phone.

Obama called Merkel to wish her a speedy recovery after her recent skiing injury and invited her to visit Washington at a "mutually agreeable time in the coming months," the White House said in a statement.

 
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