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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed several issues including the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan during a telephone conversation on Wednesday, the White House said.

"The leaders pledged close cooperation and coordination on these and other issues," the White House said in a statement.

(Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Eric Beech)

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