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Germany open to troop deployment in Pakistan or Yemen

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, May 27, IRNA -- German Defense Minister Thomas de Maziere does not rule out the deployment of German troops in unstable countries, including Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan or Somalia, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Friday.

De Maziere said he expected that requests would be made for the stationing of German forces in volatile states as part of international military operations like in Afghanistan or the Balkan region.

'How we respond to these depends on the type of request as well as our considerations,' he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The minister stressed 'soldiers are part of (German) foreign policy, and a political process must accompany the deployment of soldiers.'

He pointed out Germany's alliance interests are 'usually also national interests.'

De Maziere made headlines earlier this month by saying his country would be ready to boost its global military intervention role.

'We have to be prepared for many conceivable scenarios,' the minister told German public broadcaster ZDF.

The spectrum of German military missions abroad could include merely election monitoring as well as a major military interventions like what took place in the Balkans, de Maziere was quoted as saying.

He said in future up to 10,000 soldiers would be able to participate simultaneously in various military missions abroad.

There are presently around 6,750 German troops deployed around the world of whom over 5,300 soldiers are stationed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Critics of Germany's growing global military interventionist role say it smacked of economic imperialism.

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