A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued today (28 June) in Berlin the following statement:
“With British Foreign Secretary William Hague Foreign Minister Westerwelle today discussed constructively and in a spirit of mutual trust reports in the media concerning the activities of British intelligence services.
Foreign Minister Westerwelle made clear that Germany believes all government actions must maintain a proper balance between legitimate security interests on the one hand and the protection of privacy on the other.
The two ministers agreed to continue discussing this matter in a spirit of mutual trust.”
Foreign Secretary Hague endorsed Westerwelle’s view and assured him that all British actions were in conformity with national and international law.