Ger­many, US strike dif­fer­ent tones on Huawei, Iran

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES -

BER­LIN (DPA) 31 MAY 2019 - Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Heiko Maas and his US coun­ter­part made clear their dif­fer­ing views on the se­cu­rity risks posed by Huawei and Iran dur­ing Mike Pom­peo’s visit to Ber­lin on Fri­day.

While the US sec­re­tary of state said it was risky to al­low the Chi­nese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant to build in­fras­truc­ture for 5G high-speed data net­works, Maas stated that Ger­many had “high se­cu­rity stan­dards.”

Any com­pany found not to com­ply with these stan­dards would be ex­cluded from bid­ding to build Ger­many’s 5G net­work, Maas said with­out nam­ing Huawei.

Wash­ing­ton is pres­sur­ing its al­lies, in­clud­ing Ger­many, to ex­clude the Chi­nese firm from in­volve­ment in the roll­out of the high-speed in­ter­net in­fras­truc­ture, say­ing the firm poses a se­cu­rity risk.

The US top diplo­mat is also meet­ing Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, three weeks af­ter abruptly post­pon­ing his first visit to Ger­many since he took up his post - in­ter­preted by some as a snub.

On Iran, Maas said that Ger­many had “the same goals” but “dif­fer­ent ap­proaches.” Both wanted to de­ter Iran from the ac­qui­si­tion of nu­clear weapons and ex­pect Tehran to an­swer ques­tions about its bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme.

Be­fore his de­par­ture for Ber­lin, Pom­peo told re­porters that he would also push Ger­many on an­other stick­ing point in the transat­lantic part­ners’ re­la­tions: Ger­many’s de­fence spend­ing.

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