Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Germany urges restraint in Middle East

Germany urges restraint in Middle East

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe needs to take his own destiny into their own hands and not rely on USA protection.

Most recently, Macron led the charge by European leaders to try to convince his USA counterpart Donald Trump to stick with the deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone call on Thursday afternoon that Germany, as well as France and Britain, will continue to implement the Iran nuclear deal, as long as Iran continues to fulfill its obligations under the agreement. Instead, Europe has to take its destiny into its own hands. "That's the task for the future".

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas then made a statement that in Berlin to give a report about how important is for the region and the world agreement with Iran.


Many major global conflicts are happening "at Europe's doorstep", said Dr Merkel, who expressed concern about the risk of war between Israel and Iran over Syria.

"No more so that the United States just to protect us".

This statement comes a day after Israel attacked multiple Iranian military targets in Syria in response to a failed attempt to fire missiles into Israeli territory.

Dr Merkel called for restraint from both countries.


"I can only advocate that everyone involved exercises restraint", she stressed.

Since becoming French president, Mr Macron has sought to promote European integration with a range of measures including a joint military rapid reaction force.

Mr Macron echoed Mrs Merkel's criticisms of the USA decision to leave the nuclear deal and said that Europe should show greater unity and strength to become the main guarantor of stability in the Middle East.

He said he would have speak with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin by the end of the week to "explore what the possibilities are" to avoid the sanctions, including possible exemptions.


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