UK trade minister discusses U.S. trade deal in call with new USTR

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FILE PHOTO: Members of Britain's cabinet meet at Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British trade minister Liz Truss discussed progress made towards a free trade agreement with the United States in talks with her U.S. counterpart on Monday, her office said, noting the need for a closer economic relationship.

"They both reflected on the progress made in UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the importance of continuing to work together to build a closer economic relationship, and agreed to have further discussions," Truss's office said in a readout of a call with Katherine Tai to congratulate her on her appointment as US Trade Representative (USTR).

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)