Foreign Ministers

An Awkward Handshake

Germany's Sigmar Gabriel, left, visited Rex Tillerson in a low-key meeting. Picture source: Reuters

It could have been less than a diplomatic encounter.

When German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, last met at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Mr. Gabriel publicly rebuked the American for suggesting that Germany should increase its defense spending.

So when the two men met Tuesday, with Mr. Gabriel summoned to Washington by Tillerson “at short notice,” it was not surprising that apart from a handshake for the TV cameras, they had nothing to say for the record.



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