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Merkel calls for support for US trade pact

Important to sign accord before Obama leaves office in 2017, with US one of Germany's most important partners

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TRADE IS KEY: 'It's important for me that the transatlantic free trade keeps pace with the Pacific region,' Mrs Merkel said, referring to the advanced stage of talks between the US and Asia about a free trade agreement.

Berlin

CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel tried to drum up support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ahead of the G7 summit she is hosting in June, saying in an interview she hopes it will be finalised by 2017.

Mrs Merkel told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung