US formally asks Germany to ‘help secure’ Strait of Hormuz

US Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Weeks ranges nearby boats from USS John P. Murtha during a Strait of Hormuz transit. (US Navy/ via Reuters)

The United States has formally asked Germany to join France and Britain in a mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Iran, and to combat Iranian aggression, the US Embassy in Berlin said on Tuesday.

“We’ve formally asked Germany to join France and the UK to help secure the Straits of Hormuz and combat Iranian aggression. Members of the German government have been clear that freedom of navigation should be protected... Our question is, protected by whom,” said an Embassy spokeswoman.

The comments, initially reported by Germany’s DPA news agency, were confirmed by an Embassy spokesman.

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