BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine stated was a request from the United States to provide far more military aid in the fight against Islamic State.
“I think Germany is fulfilling its portion and we do not need to have to speak about new concerns associated to this question at the moment,” Merkel told the ZDF broadcaster when asked about the Der Spiegel magazine report of the U.S. request.
Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had sent a letter asking for a larger military contribution from Germany, a week after parliament approved a program to join the campaign in Syria.
A German Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed a letter had been received from the United States and its content was under consideration, providing no further particulars.
Der Spiegel said the letter did not make distinct demands and was equivalent to requests sent to other U.S. partners.
Germany’s mission contains six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops.
The deployment is a direct response to a French appeal for solidarity soon after militant attacks in Paris killed 130 people. Germany does not strategy to carry out air strikes in Syria.
Germany has over the past two years shown a developing readiness to commit troops to foreign missions.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen mentioned final week Germany may well require larger armed forces to cope with the a lot more assertive function.
More than three,000 personnel are currently deployed overseas and the Syria mission will raise that by up to 1,200. Von der Leyen also wants to send 650 troops to Mali to help the French campaign against Islamist militants there.
Germany last year began arming Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold Writing by Joseph Nasr Editing by Alison Williams)