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    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated that the US is still Europe's "most important ally" despite many Brussels-Washington differences under Donald Trump's leadership.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — The United States is still the most important ally of Europe, even though there have been differences regarding certain international issues, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.

    "Even though we have not always been on the same wavelength lately, the United States is the most important ally of Europe. Just because we are currently divided by important issues, we need to seek dialogue with those who are willing to cooperate," the minister said, as quoted by the press service.

    Gabriel will travel to Washington on Monday evening where he plans to discuss with US State Secretary Rex Tillerson situation around North Korea, Afghanistan, Qatar's diplomatic crisis and sanctions against Russia.

    Some of the items mentioned on the agenda are areas where the policies of Berlin and Washington don't coincide. For example, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly warned against an escalation on the Korean Peninsula amid US President Donald Trump's war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month.

    Moreover, US-German relations have suffered due to Berlin's opposition to the US sanctions bill signed by Trump in early August.

    Gabriel called the new US sanctions on Russia, that, in particular, target companies in Russian energy projects, "extraterritorial" and emphasized that such policy is not "an appropriate tool" for promoting one's national export interests or energy industry.

    Trump's decision on the US exit from the Paris climate accord also prompted harsh criticism from EU leaders.

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