Munich Security Conference: Meuse: German security is also defended in Iraq and Libya

Munich Security Conference: Meuse: German security is also defended in Iraq and Libya

         Munich Security Conference Maas: German security is also defended in Iraq and Libya Foreign Minister Maas is in favor of Germany’s greater international engagement – also militarily. As a reason, he refers to well-known words from a party colleague. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has spoken out for Germany to assume more military responsibility. “To be clear: Germany is ready to get more involved, including militarily,” he said on Friday at the Munich Security Conference. “But this military engagement must be embedded in a political logic.” In this context, Maas cited the former SPD Defense Minister Peter Struck, who said at the beginning of the Bundeswehr’s mission in Afghanistan that Germany’s security would also be defended in the Hindu Kush. “You have to add today – also in Iraq, Libya and Sahel – but just as well at the negotiating table in New York, Geneva or Brussels,” emphasized the Foreign Minister. It is controversial in the SPD how much Germany should get involved in foreign missions. Under pressure from the Social Democrats, for example, the use of tornado reconnaissance missions over Syria and Iraq in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) will end at the end of March. Maas emphasized that military operations would fizzle out without diplomacy and without a clear political strategy. At worst, they exacerbate the crises. Therefore, one should not equate “more responsibility” with “more commitment”. © Handelsblatt GmbH – All rights reserved. Acquire usage rights?          Services offered by our partners       
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