Merkel: Can't count on U.S. military umbrella anymore

May 11, 2018, 04:21
Merkel: Can't count on U.S. military umbrella anymore

Prior to her conversation with Rouhani, Merkel condemned Iran's attack on Israeli military outposts in the Golan Heights and called for large-scale talks regarding Iran's ballistic missile system.

"The main objective of these attacks, supported by the United States, is to divert public opinion from the behavior of the American president (and) his decision to leave the agreement", added Boroujerdi, referring to President Donald Trump's decision this week to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord. "The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace".

"It's no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us", Mrs Merkel said at a ceremony honouring the work of the French president Emmanuel Macron in Aachen Germany for his work in deepening European integration.

"We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility", the leaders said in a statement.

Germany, France and Britain are planning a foreign ministerial meeting with Iran to discuss how to respond to the recent developments in the Middle East.

Pointing to the civil war in Syria, Merkel said that numerous global conflicts today were flaring on the doorstep of Europe.

But while lavish in her praise for the 40-year-old Macron since he swept to power a year ago, Merkel has largely poured cold water on his ideas for reinforcing economic and monetary union. "This is our task for the nearest future", - say media, quoting Merkel.

Macron echoed the call to flesh out Europe's common foreign and defence policy.

Macron mirrored the German leader's concerns when he spoke, saying European countries must no longer let "other major powers, including allies" to determine their "diplomacy [and] security". "(But)... we will strengthen the euro zone, we will make it more competitive".

"We must succeed in building our own sovereignty, which in this region, will be the guarantor of stability", said the French President.

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