U.S., EU close to overcoming sticking points in trade talks: U.S envoy

October 18, 2016 2:49 PM EDT

John B. Emerson , newly appointed U.S.ambassador to Germany is pictured at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union are close to bridging differences on many sticking points in negotiations for a free trade deal, U.S. ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson told a German broadcaster on Tuesday.

"As far as I know, we are close to a solution on many points. It will eventually come down to a matter of political will," rbb broadcaster quoted Emerson as saying.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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