19 September 2020

German Chancellor opposes US troop withdrawal plan

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposes American plans to pull out thousands of troops from Germany, a deputy government spokeswoman said at a routine weekly press briefing in Berlin on Monday. reports citing foreign media.

Ulrike Demmer added they have often said it is “important and good” to have US soldiers stationed in Germany.

She stressed German-US ties remained “extremely important” despite the latest American decision.

Last week, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced plans to pull out nearly 12,000 soldiers based in Germany.

As part of the plan, the US will bring about 6,400 forces home and relocate about 5,400 to other countries in Europe.

Reacting to Esper’s decision, the German government coordinator for transatlantic relations Peter Beyer criticized American plans, saying it made “no sense geopolitically for the US.”

Talking to German press agency dpa, Beyer also said the plan to reduce almost 35,000 soldiers to 25,000 is "not in Germany's or NATO's security interests."

Beyer expressed hope that US President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw US troops from Germany would ultimately fail.

"There are many opponents in Washington, not only among the Democrats, but also among the Republicans and in the Pentagon. It's possible that these plans may yet fail," Beyer said.

2020.08.03 / 19:51
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