Germany rejects US request to help secure Strait of Hormuz

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Germany has rejected a US request to help secure security in the Strait of Hormuz against the background of the crisis with Iran.

The deputy spokesman for the German government, Ulrich Demer, said that her country’s approach to dealing with the Iranian crisis is very different from the current American approach.

Demer told a news conference in Berlin on Wednesday that her country had rejected a request from Washington to help secure security in the Strait of Hormuz.

She pointed out that her country is working on coordination with France and Britain regarding maritime security in the Gulf region.

She noted that the German government is currently considering the issue of participation in the monitoring committee in the Strait of Hormuz, which is formed with the participation of European countries.

Earlier in the day, the deputy German Chancellor, Finance Minister Olaf Schultz, expressed skepticism about the request of the United States of America from his country to join a military mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

Schultz said in a statement to the channel “ZDF” German, to the presence of others shared by this uncertainty, pointing out the need to avoid military escalation in the region.

He added that the idea of ​​sending a military force to the region is not good, because it involves the risk of sliding into a larger conflict.

On July 22, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany agreed to “work together to ensure maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz,” according to a joint statement by the foreign ministers of the three countries published on the Foreign Office website.

Tensions in the region rose on July 19, after Iran announced the detention of a British tanker in the strait, “to breach traffic regulations,” hours after a court in Gibraltar announced an extension of the detention of an Iranian oil tanker for 30 days.

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