April 29, 2016 / 10:42 AM / in a year

Merkel, Panama president spoke by phone about transparency, tax cooperation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the annual meeting of the German Sparkasse savings banks in Duesseldorf, Germany, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela by telephone on Thursday, a spokesman for the German government said.

“This had been agreed in advance. Transparency and tax cooperation were important themes during this phone call,” Steffen Seibert said at a government news conference on Friday.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Joseph Nasr

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