Germany's foreign minister is ruling out his country's participation in a proposed U.S.-led mission to protect maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf area.
The U.S. recently asked allies to contribute to a mission to secure maritime traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil shipping corridor, in the wake of increased Iranian aggression in the area.
Germany had already expressed skepticism, saying that priority must be given to de-escalation of tensions and diplomatic efforts.
But the dpa news agency reported on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has now ruled out participation altogether.
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Dpa quoted him as telling reporters in Warsaw that "the German government will not participate in the maritime mission proposed and planned by the USA."