June 7, 2018 / 12:08 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. should have interest in solving trade dispute - German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday it was in the interests of the United States to find a solution to its trade dispute with the European Union, adding that the ball was in the U.S.’s court after the bloc’s show of unity.

FILE PHOTO: Steel rolls are pictured at the plant of German steel company Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony on March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

Altmaier told Reuters on Thursday that he hoped the EU’s clear, united position in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Europe would trigger a rethink in Washington.

“The ball is now in the court of our American partners,” he said. “I believe that it would also be in the U.S.’s interests to reach an agreement.”

Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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