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EU willing to discuss cutting trade barriers with U.S. - Merkel

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(Reuters) - The is willing to discuss cutting barriers with the United States, but only in a reciprocal way and only if does not impose import tariffs on EU metals, German said on Thursday.

U.S. has imposed import duties of 25 percent on and 10 percent on aluminium on grounds of national security, but granted EU producers a temporary exemption until June 1 pending the outcome of talks.

"We have a common position. We want a permanent exemption and then we are ready to talk how we can reciprocally reduce the barriers to trade," Merkel told reporters before a summit of EU leaders in Bulgarian capital

(Reporting by and Robert-Jan Bartunek)

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 13:12 IST