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Berlin is ready to participate in a British plan to set up a European-led naval mission to ensure security of navigation across the Strait of Hormuz, the RND media group quoted participants as saying at a meeting of the German parliament's Foreign Relations Committee. "We want to be there," Foreign Minister Haiku Mas said at the meeting on Thursday (July 25, 2019).

She said a vote would be taken in parliament to grant a mandate to join the mission. The German Foreign Ministry was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. But a Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters on Thursday that Foreign Minister Haikou Mas had not told MPs that Germany wanted to participate in a British plan to set up a European-led maritime mission to ensure security of navigation across the Strait of Hormuz. "It is too early to talk about possible forms of German participation," he said. He said talks with Britain and France had not yet included "requests for German military participation."

Meanwhile, Britain began dispatching a warship to escort all its flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, a policy change announced on Thursday after the former government said it did not have the military resources to do so. The British frigate Montrose, currently in the region, carried out the first mission under the new policy yesterday evening.

"The Royal Navy has been ordered to escort British-flagged vessels across the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, on condition that they receive notification before they cross in sufficient time," a government spokesman said. "Freedom of navigation is crucial to the world trade system and the world economy, and we will do everything in our power to defend it," he said in a statement.

H / H / H.D. (AFP / Reuters)

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