Angela Merkel says she will seek common ground with Trump wherever possible

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will seek common ground "wherever possible" with US President Donald Trump's administration, despite differences over Trump's entry ban for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Angel Merkel. AP

Angel Merkel. AP

Germany has Europe's biggest economy and is a major exporter. In 2015, the US was its biggest trading partner, and there's concern in Berlin over the possibility of a more protectionist approach in Washington.

Merkel told reporters in Munich on Monday: "We will try to find common ground wherever possible." She stressed the importance of Nato, and acknowledged the need for Germany to "do more in the area of defense".

Merkel said: "We will see issue by issue where we can cooperate and where we have different opinions, but it's in Germany's interest to strengthen the common ground there is."

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Updated Date: Feb 06, 2017 21:14:34 IST

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