Germany shares Iran, Syria goals with US, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says

After meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Maas said the two nations have the “same goals” on Iran — despite the US decision to abandon the Iran nuclear pact. The meeting came amid strained trans-Atlantic ties.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his American counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reaffirmed areas of trans-Atlantic cooperation during a Wednesday meeting in Washington.

The 45-minute meeting comes during a time of strained relations between the US and Germany over the Iranian nuclear accord, economic sanctions, and the Trump administration’s hostile position towards international organizations, among other things.

On the day of the meeting, Maas reiterated that Germany’s partnership with the US “consisted of more than 280 Twitter characters, and America is also more than the White House.”

“The US remains our closest partner outside of Europe,” he added in his Tweet.

Maas and Pompeo discussed “countering Iranian and Russian aggression, the way forward on Syria, and other key shared priorities,” such sharing the burden of NATO, a statement released by the US State Department read.

Maas was also scheduled to meet with with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

 

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