​Germany declines to join proposed U.S. led naval mission in the Gulf region

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said Wednesday (July 31st) that Germany "will not take part in the sea mission presented and planned by the United States," which has sought to develop a "maritime security initiative" to counter Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. 

The top diplomat affirmed that "there is no military solution" to the ongoing crisis that has seen unrest involving competing commercial and military interests in the strategic region.

Earlier Wednesday, government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer confirmed Germany had received a U.S. proposal, but major differences remained in their approaches, so "the government has not offered any contribution," according to Turkey's Anadolu Agency. She added: "For us it is important to continue along the path of diplomacy, and seek talks with Iran to achieve de-escalation."

Washington's embassy in Berlin confirmed earlier this week that the U.S. had "formally asked Germany to join France and the U.K. to help secure the Straits of Hormuz and combat Iranian aggression." 

Germany is the biggest economic power in Europe.... This success brings global responsibilities. America has sacrificed a lot to help Germany remain part of the West.... Americans are paying billions of dollars to keep 34,000 soldiers stationed in Germany.

Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany

The embassy also criticised a German Social Democrat parliamentarian who opposed the German navy's involvement on the grounds that it would come "at the expense of other Alliance commitments."

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The German government said it remains in close consultation with France and the UK over a European approach to the freedom of navigation crisis in the Persian Gulf.

Meanwhile, Iran has stated it was ready for talks with Saudi Arabia in order to calm mounting tensions in the Middle East.

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