Germany seeks crisis meeting of EU foreign ministers

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Sunday for a crisis meeting of his European Union counterparts this week to discuss escalating tension in the Middle East following the killing of a top Iranian military commander in Iraq by the United States.

“As Europeans, we have tried and tested and resilient channels of communication on all sides, which we must make full use of in this situation,” Maas said in a statement.

Maas has proposed to EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell that a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers be brought forward to this week to agree on a common approach.

Maas also said Germany would speak to the Iraqi government after the country’s parliament on Sunday backed a recommendation by the prime minister that all foreign troops should be ordered out.

“Our overriding interest is that Iraq’s stability and unity should not fall victim to the recent escalation,” he said.

Germany has around 120 troops deployed in Iraq under the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve.

“We are ready to continue our support if it is desired and the situation allows it,” Maas said.

“We are now discussing this intensively with our partners, in the NATO Council, in the European Union, in the anti-IS coalition, and above all with our contacts in Iraq.”

In the meantime, Germany has decided to postpone an upcoming switch out of its troops in Iraq, the defence ministry said in a post on Twitter on Sunday.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Daniel Wallis

MORE NEWS

 

Three Americans killed in al Shabaab militant attack on base in Kenya

Iraq wants foreign troops out after air strike; U.S. urges leaders to reconsider

Chain-reaction crash kills five, injures 60 on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Taiwan election is make or break for fleeing Hong Kong protesters

Nigerian police on heightened alert after U.S. killing of Iranian commander

Venezuela Socialists snatch congress from Guaido, opposition denounces coup

Venezuela’s Maduro says congress has elected new leadership

Croatia’s former PM Milanovic wins presidential vote

Pompeo defends U.S. killing of Iranian as Democrats ask ‘Why now?’

Coalition must continue fight against Islamic State in Iraq – France’s Le Drian

U.S. disappointed in Iraqi parliament vote, urges reconsideration

Iraqi parliament backs government push to expel foreign troops

Iraq militia leader says if U.S. troops stay they will be occupiers

Trump promises possibly ‘disproportionate’ response to any Iran attack

Germany seeks crisis meeting of EU foreign ministers

Iran’s missile forces at heightened state of alert – U.S. official

Three rockets fall in Baghdad, including two in Green Zone – military

Amazon is generating lots of free-cash flow, time to get on board – Barron’s

Samsung Electronics says will unveil ‘innovative devices’ on February 11

Amazon is generating lots of free-cash flow, time to get on board: Barron’s

SHARE THIS POST