VIENNA — The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing on Sunday the importance of their cooperation to solving several global crises but offering little indication they've fully mended ties.
After a meeting on the sidelines of talks on Iran's nuclear program in Vienna, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry each extolled the value of the two NATO allies' work together on issues such as Iran and Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Steinmeier directly addressed the difficult time in the partnership, without explicitly mentioning the reports of two German government officials recruited by U.S. intelligence. The accounts have rocked relations, coming after revelations about widespread U.S. spying in Germany.
"Relations between Germany and the U.S. are necessary and indispensable, and that's for both of our sides," Steinmeier said.
Kerry said, "We will continue to work together in the kind of spirit we exhibited today."