July 31, 2019 / 4:01 PM / 22 days ago

Germany will not join U.S.-led mission in Strait of Hormuz: Maas

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

WARSAW (Reuters) - Germany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission to secure the Strait of Hormuz, close to Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.

Stressing that Germany wants to avoid a further escalation of tensions in the region, Maas told reporters on a trip to Warsaw that there was no military solution.

“Germany will not take part in the sea mission presented and planned by the Untied States,” said Maas.

Reporting by Joanna Plucinska; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michelle Martin

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