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A spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Berlin said on Tuesday (July 30) to the German Press Agency (dpa), that her country officially demanded the German government to participate in securing the Strait of Hormuz. "We asked Germany officially to join France and Britain to help In securing the Strait of Hormuz and against the Iranian aggression. "

There was the idea of ​​a European naval force put forward by Britain, and talks on the implementation of such a mission remained in force. Options range from purely surveillance and military escort to commercial vessels.

The new German defense minister, Anigret Kramp-Karnbauer, did not rule out the participation of her country's troops in a European protection mission in the Gulf. While German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas asked for further clarification on the format of the task before deciding on participation.

This comes after the tanker war between Britain and Iran reached a climax, following the capture by Iranian forces of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the most important waterway for oil shipments in the world.

This came two weeks after British forces detained an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria.

The time of diplomacy

The leftist party opposes Germany's participation in any possible military mission in the Gulf. "This area is a powder keg, and the danger is huge," said Party President Katja Kiping on Monday. "There should be a clear signal from the German side that we will not participate in any escalation or task in this region," she said.

According to Kiping's perspective, there is a "close" link between the oil tanker crisis in the Strait of Hormuz and the dispute over Iran's nuclear deal.

"If we start a mission first, it could also lead to continued escalation," she said, warning that Germany would eventually be threatened by "becoming part of a war whose consequences can not be predicted" .

"It will be dangerous if the Green Party seeks to work for a military solution on this issue, just to flirt with the (European) Union," the German leftist leader said.

Economic demand

For his part, was the position of the German industrial sector and clearly with the intervention of the army on a European mission in the Gulf. The head of the Federation of German Industries, Dieter Kempf, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa about the importance of ensuring commercial maritime navigation "for an exporting and industrial country such as Germany."

Kempf said the Strait of Hormuz was the most important route for global oil and gas transportation. "About a fifth of global consumption of oil products is transported across this strait," Kempf said, adding that the strait was of great importance for trade with Gulf countries.

Parties warn

In a related context, major German parties, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), a partner of the ruling coalition in Germany and the opposition Greens and Left parties, have warned of an escalation in the conflict with Iran. Nils Schmid, a SPD political analyst, expressed his regret over the British approach to seeking to involve the United States in a European military mission in the Strait of Hormuz. "As Europeans, we have attached great importance to distancing ourselves from the logic of the military confrontation of Americans in the region and the focus on diplomacy," Schmid told Bavaria Radio on Tuesday. "Therefore, any form of a European mission would be illogical, The United States. " Schmid, who is also the foreign policy spokesman of the parliamentary bloc of the Social Democrats of the Bundestag, warned that the British government would try "to walk the American road, a dangerous road," explaining why the more soldiers in the Persian Gulf, , The risk of misrepresentations or misunderstandings increased. "One shot can cause a major conflict, and then one on the side of the United States in a war against Iran can not be hoped for," Schmid said.

It is noteworthy that the new British government under the leadership of Boris Johnson is no longer counting on a purely European military mission to protect commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The British Foreign Office in London told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that "an approach led by Europe and supported by the United States of America" ​​is the best way.

The German Green Party also warned of an escalation. The head of the party, Analna Barbok, told the Berlin-Brandenburg radio station that all diplomatic means must be used by Europeans. J├╝rgen Tretin, a member of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, Bundestag told Radio RBB that it would be necessary to have an international mandate from the United Nations, for example, for a German military mission in the Straits of Hormuz. In any form of "coalition of the willing" that Washington calls for.

WB / HZ (AFP, AFP, Reuters)

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