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Posted: Jul 11, 2014 3:51 AM

Updated: Jul 11, 2014 3:52 AM

BERLIN (AP) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of American spying on Germany, which have soured relations between the two allies.

Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the meeting will take place on the sidelines of talks in Vienna about Iran's nuclear program.

Germany on Thursday asked Washington's top intelligence agent in Berlin to leave the country as result of the two cases and ongoing friction over reports last year that the U.S. was intercepting Internet traffic in Germany and eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls.

Steinmeier said reports that U.S. intelligence had recruited two Germans, a man who worked at the country's foreign intelligence agency and a defense ministry employee, were "troubling."

Topics: EU--Germany-US-Spying

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