July 25, 2019 / 4:49 PM / 4 months ago

Too early to talk about Germany joining Hormuz naval mission - ministry

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas talks to the media after the Stockholm Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), at Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, June 11, 2019. TT News Agency/Claudio Bresciani/ via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Heiko Maas did not tell lawmakers that Germany wants to take part in a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, a ministry spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.

Earlier, media group RND said participants at a meeting of parliament’s foreign relations committee quoted Maas as saying: “We want to be there.” Contacted by Reuters, the ministry spokesman said: “The minister did not say that.”

“It is too early to talk about possible forms of German participation,” the spokesman added. “Requests for German military participation were so far not the subject of these talks (with Britain and France).”

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Peter Graff

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