Boris Ruge, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy to the United States, on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding at the US State Department to support demining operations in Syria’s northern city of Manbij.
Negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad are necessary to resolve the conflict in the country, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
The White House says British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have expressed support for President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria in response to that country’s use of chemical weapons last week.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he believed the changed United States position was certainly “more realistic”, as to insist that Assad must step down from the start would only result in deadlock.
Syria‘s opposition delegates at the Geneva peace talks have been receiving help from the German government, according to sources at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin.