German foreign minister welcomes move to block US troop withdrawal

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed his relief on Friday at a move to block President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw 12,000 US troops from Germany. “Of course we are pleased that there appears to be agreement between Republicans and Democrats in Washington to put all this up for debate again,” Maas said in Berlin. Germany’s top diplomat assured the future US government that US soldiers are welcome in his country. “Their presence not only contributes to German security, it strengthens the security of all of Europe and beyond,” Maas said. Democrat president-elect Joe Biden is set to be…

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