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Published: Monday March 10, 2014 MYT 12:21:10 AM
Updated: Monday March 10, 2014 MYT 12:22:02 AM

Merkel and Xi agree Ukraine crisis needs to be solved via dialogue

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a telephone conversation on Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine needed to be solved via diplomacy.

"The chancellor explained the situation in Ukraine and efforts to come to a political solution of the conflict," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a written statement.

"The Chinese president was also in favour of finding such a solution through dialogue," the statement said, adding that Xi said the solution needed to be on the basis of international law.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Michael Nienaber; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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