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AFP
April 14, 2021

US to station 500 mly personnel in Germany

World

AFP
April 14, 2021

The United States will station 500 more military personnel in Germany in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday at the start of his first official visit to Europe.

The move marks a clear break by President Joe Biden’s administration with the more antagonistic stance toward Germany of his predecessor Donald Trump, who had moved to reduce the US troop presence in the country, a cornerstone of Nato security since the start of the Cold War.

"Today I am happy to announce that we will be increasing the US force presence in Germany," Austin told reporters after talks with his counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "I briefed the minister on our intention to permanently station approximately 500 additional US personnel in the Wiesbaden area as early as this fall."