Trump, Merkel discuss situation in Iraq, Syria, Libya
March 18 2017
02:35 PM Donald Trump and Angela Merkel Donald Trump and Angela Merkel
US president Donald Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House in Washington on Friday to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries , as reported by The Telegraph.

The two agreed on the need for cooperating in the fight against ISIS terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Lybia and the peace process in Ukraine.

The German chancellor asserted that her country will continue its military training activities in Iraq its reconnaissance missions in Syria and assured that it will work with US to achieve political solutions to end the Libyan and Syrian crises

The US president reassured her that his administration would "respect historic institutions amid fears in Europe that he could scale back US military support for Nato , but insisted that allies "must pay what they owe

I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel my strong support for Nato as well as the need for our Nato allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense he said.

She responded by saying that Germany needed to meet Nato spending goals
She also delivered a staunch defence of globalisation and said she hoped the US and the EU could resume discussions on a trade agreement

Attempting to strike a positive tone, Mrs Merkel said it had been "much better to talk to one another than about one another

The visit represented an opportunity for the two leaders to strengthen their early relationship

On the campaign trail, Mr Trump called Mrs Merkel's migration policy "catastrophic", saying she "should be ashamed of herself" for "ruining" Germany. He lashed out at Time magazine when it named Mrs Merkel Person of the Year in 2015 instead of him