July 26, 2019 / 1:09 PM / 5 months ago

Germany needs clarity before joining Hormuz naval mission - Minister

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (not pictured) attend a joint news conference at Petersberg mountain on the sidelines of the so-called Petersburg Dialogue to speak on the conflict in Ukraine and the future of arms control in Koenigswinter near Bonn, Germany, July 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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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