(Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France met on Tuesday to discuss a peace initiative for Yemen, said British foreign minister Dominic Raab.
“From promoting peace in Yemen to preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, Britain, the US, France, Germany stand together as a force for good,” Raab said in a tweet, using an image of the flag of the four nations instead of naming it. with the words in the message. “Today @ABlinken @HeikoMaas @JY_LeDrian & I meet in person for the first time to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Edited by Leslie Adler
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany hopes improving relations with the United States under US President Joe Biden will open the door to possible joint sanctions against China and Russia over human rights and other abuses, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.
He said trans-Atlantic partners must act together to defend their shared interests and values and regretted the lack of coordinated action under former president Donald Trump.
The Trump presidency has been marked by intense pressure on Germany over its failure to meet its defense spending obligations mandated by the NATO military alliance, Germany’s insistence on buying Russian natural gas and trade policies.
Trump also angered European nations by pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, reached when Biden was vice president in the Barack Obama administration, as well as exerting pressure to ban China’s Huawei from European 5G networks.
“I hope that we will be able to return to the same trans-Atlantic position on targeted sanctions, something that was not possible for the past four years,” Maas said at an event on US-German relations hosted by the Brookings Institution.
Germany has imposed sanctions on Russia with its European Union partners over Moscow arming separatist forces in Ukraine and attacks on opponents of President Vladimir Putin.
Chancellor Angela Merkel maintains a near-completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany as a commercial project. He rejected Trump’s demands to leave him and buy liquefied gas from the United States, instead of relying on Putin’s energy in Russia.
Germany has in recent months taken steps to meet US concerns, expanding its military mission in Afghanistan and planning to sail by warship across the South China Sea, where Washington says freedom of navigation is under threat from China.
Last year Germany enacted an IT security law that set high hurdles for telecom equipment makers for next-generation networks, such as China’s Huawei, although the law is less than a comprehensive ban on using products made by the world’s largest manufacturers – as requested. by Washington.
(This story corrects the last paragraph to remove any reference to Huawei as a state-owned company)
Reporting by Andreas Rinke, written by Joseph Nasr; Edited by Mark Heinrich
BERLIN, February 19 (Reuters) – Germany is poised for a “new chapter” in transatlantic relations in which the United States and Europe follow a common agenda, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.
“In our principles and values, in our belief in democracy and its ability to act, we have a broad and sound basis,” he told the Munich Security Conference via video link.
“There is a lot to be done, and Germany is gearing up for a new transatlantic chapter.”
Big challenges like the pandemic and climate change must be tackled together in multilateralism, he said, and the United States and Europe must have a similar attitude towards Russia.
“It is very important for us to develop a general Russian transatlantic agenda, which on the one hand makes cooperative offers, but on the other hand clearly identifies differences,” he said. (Reporting by Paul Carrel; Written by Maria Sheahan)
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany warned Iran against blocking inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog the IAEA, a diplomatic source in Berlin told Reuters on Tuesday.
“It would be totally unacceptable if Iran obstructed IAEA inspections,” said the German diplomat.
“We urge Iran to refrain from this step, and make close contact on this matter with our partners, including the United States,” the diplomat said, adding Iran needs to contribute to de-escalation to provide diplomatic opportunities.
Iran said on Monday that it would block rapid inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog starting next week if the other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal do not enforce their obligations, a challenge to US President Joe Biden’s hopes of reviving the agreement.
Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Edited by Madeline Chambers
PARIS, January 29 (Reuters) – New US envoy to Iran Robert Malley spoke with senior officials from Britain, France and Germany on Thursday to see what the European parties in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal think about the current situation, sources said. European diplomacy on Friday.
“It was to check documents and to assess how our state of mind was,” said the source about Malley’s conversations with the political directors of Britain, France and Germany.