Germany Won’t Join Strait of Hormuz Fleet

FM: Germany sees no military solution to regional tensions

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has announced that Germany will not join a naval operation in the Strait of Hormuz, a day after the US pushed the nation to do so.

Maas said that Germany wants to avoid further escalations of tensions, and believes there is no military solution to the US-Iran tensions. Maas was very specific about not joining any US-planned missions to the Strait, though it appears unlikely they’ll join Britain’s either.

German officials had indicated earlier this week that they were split on the issue. The Christian Democrats thought the British mission was the lesser of two evils, while the Social Democrats opposed joining either fleet for exactly the reason Maas indicated.

This once again points to the idea that the Germans won’t be joining either fleet, as Maas’ talking points suggest the Social Democrats’ position ultimately won out, and Germany doesn’t want to join anyone’s fleet.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.