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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