Germany has not participated in a military mission in the Gulf. This is confirmed by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, thus rejecting the US conflict with Iran.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has clearly rejected German participation in a US-led military mission in the Strait of Hormuz. “The Federal Government will not participate in the planned and presented sea mission by the US,” said Maas on Wednesday in Warsaw. “We are in close coordination with our French partners.”
Maas justified the German refusal with the fact that the Federal Government considers the US strategy of the “maximum pressure” on Iran wrong. Germany does not want a military escalation and continues to rely on diplomacy.
Kramp-Karrenbauer does not commit himself
The US has asked Germany and other NATO allies to participate in its “Operation Sentinel” to protect merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz from possible Iranian attacks. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had said on Wednesday shortly before the Maas statement, a decision had not yet fallen. At the same time, the CDU chairman did not give much hope to the US that a positive response could be reached.
Among other things, she referred to the fact that Germany and the Europeans, unlike the US, are interested in maintaining the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Germany is doing everything in its power to reach a diplomatic and peaceful solution with Iran and to abide by the Iranian nuclear bombing treaty.