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Wolfgang Eichengar, president of the Munich Conference on Security, is known for his outspoken language and clear speech on global issues. On the backdrop of the tension in the Middle East between Iran and Britain and the United States, and with a growing risk of maritime traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, Eishengar made a dialogue with the weekly Welt am Sonntag, July) on what Germany can offer in response to a British proposal to form a mission to protect shipping traffic across the Strait of Hormuz.
"There are no countries in the world hostage to the safety of global shipping, as is the case for Germany, as one of the largest exporters in the world," says Eishengar, adding: "This is why the German government to participate in the European mission to protect the movement of navigation in Hormuz." The head of the Munich Security Conference stressed that Germany should not "follow the situation from the bench."

According to Eisingar, Iran is placing the West on two levels of challenges, the first diplomatic and the other security. On the one hand, there are European attempts to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal about a year after the United States came out of it and Tehran has retracted some of its commitments. On the other hand, the Europeans must protect their interests and prevent any developments in the Strait of Hormuz that may be out of control.
The former German ambassador to Washington, Eichengar, believes that the formation of a European force to protect the Straits of Hormuz is also a clear message to the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, a senior Brixton advocate, that Europe can not be as useless as it claims. Can protect its own ships in the Strait of Hormuz. "
It should be noted that two days ago, German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas explained that his country would take a decision on participating in a European-led naval mission once it had been given further clarification on the form of such a mission.
"Any action on the Strait of Hormuz should have a European character," he said, adding that his country would not participate in the US "maximum pressure" strategy against Iran.

On the other hand, Britain began last Thursday to send a warship to escort all vessels flying its flag across the Strait of Hormuz, after the former government said it does not have sufficient military resources for it.

WB / HZ (AFP, AFP, Welt am Zontag)

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