Angela Merkel

Merkel Accepts Invite to Visit United States

Not long after scandal about NSA surveillance of Europe

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted an invitation to visit the United States, months after allegations that U.S. intelligence had tapped her phone strained relations between Berlin and Washington.

In a call Wednesday, President Barack Obama congratulated Merkel on forming a new government last month and wished her speedy recovery from a recent skiing accident.

Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Obama also invited Merkel to Washington "in the coming months," which she accepted.

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