Obama, Merkel say U.S., Germany committed to completing trade pact

WASHINGTON Fri May 2, 2014 1:07pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington May 2, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to completing the U.S.-EU trade agreement.

Merkel, speaking alongside Obama at the White House following their meeting, also said the pact will help Europe with its energy issues.

"This is a very important issue. It will be very important for us to bring the negotiations very quickly to a close," Merkel said.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey)

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