Europe aims for cooperation with U.S. against pandemic under Biden: Germany

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a news conference following a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki, in Berlin, Germany November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe hopes for a closer cooperation with the U.S. in tackling the coronavirus pandemic and the global distribution of a vaccine once U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday.

Europe and the United States should also coordinate more closely in the fight against climate change, Maas said ahead of the first meeting with his European Union counterparts since the U.S. election.

“There is almost no issue where we are not very much dependent on each other,” he added. “We are convinced that Europe and the U.S. need a new transatlantic deal.”

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Riham Alkousaa