Sunday, July 13, 2014

US-German Relations: Top Diplomats for US, Germany Agree to Overlook Spying for Greater Good

According to The Associated Press, the US and Germany are vowing to work closely together on global matters despite strains in their relationship linked to recent espionage accusations.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered a joint statement on the sidelines of Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna. 

COMMENT: The two top diplomats for their respective nations stressed the vital importance of US-German cooperation on global matters ranging from Iranian nuclear program to violence in the Middle East.

Steinmeier acknowledged recent problems in their relationship, without going into detail. 

Kerry emphasized the great friendship between the nations and their strategic partnership.

Relations have been rocked by numerous reports of US spying in Germany, prompting a request for the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave Germany "promptly."