July 30, 2019 / 4:30 PM / 4 months ago

Germany's Scholz seeks to calm Gulf tension - newspapers

FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz speaks during a news conference at the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Chantilly, near Paris, France, July 18, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has appealed for efforts to prevent an escalation of tensions in the Gulf, and said the country was working closely with France and Britain, according to an interview with the Funke group of newspapers.

“The goal of all responsible politicians must be to observe the situation very soberly and carefully, and not to sleepwalk into an even bigger crisis,” Scholz told the Funke group. “Deescalation is the order of the day.”

Vice Chancellor Scholz is standing in for Chancellor Angela Merkel at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting as she is on holiday. He said Germany was coordinating closely with France and Britain, and the goal remained to uphold the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Alison Williams

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