July 26, 2019 / 1:13 PM / a month ago

Germany needs clarity before joining Hormuz naval mission: Minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will take a decision on whether to participate in a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz once it has more clarity about the design of such a mission, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

“Any actions regarding the Strait of Hormuz need to have a European face,” Maas said of British plans for a shipping protection mission in an interview with Funke newspaper published on Friday.

He said Germany would not take part in the U.S.’s “maximum pressure” strategy against Iran.

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, editing by Thomas Escritt

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