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U.S. formally asked Germany to join Hormuz mission - Berlin Embassy

U.S. formally asked Germany to join Hormuz mission - Berlin Embassy
FILE PHOTO: Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo Copyright Hamad I Mohammed(Reuters)
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BERLIN (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 U.S. 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.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Tassilo Hummel)

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