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U.S., Austria agree to discuss spying allegations

Experts from the U.S. and Austria will meet to discuss lingering concerns over alleged U.S. spying activities, ministers from both countries have agreed.

Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz confirmed the news Tuesday, following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just prior to his departure from Austria following a three-day visit.

Kurz told the APA allegations over U.S. spying activities, particularly concerning alleged CIA moles operating in Germany that were based at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, are "very serious" and that there are "open questions from our side."

He and his U.S. counterpart Kerry had thus agreed upon the discussions, specifically to enable the relevant expert personnel from the U.S. Defense and Interior Departments to bring clarity to the matter.

"Maybe the matter will be resolved, maybe it won't, and if so we will take appropriate action,"Kurz said.

[Source: Xinhua, Vienna, 15Jul14]

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