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Foreign Minister Westerwelle talks to the British Foreign Secretary about media reports on the activities of British intelligence services

28.06.2013 - Press release

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.

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