Gulf region security linked to Europe’s: EU foreign policy chief

The security situation in both the Gulf region and the European Union are linked together, due to close relations between the two sides, said High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on Tuesday.

Addressing the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, Mogherini said the current tension is very much on the minds of all the leaders, and regional cooperation among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States is beneficial to all.

Together we discussed how we can avoid further escalation, the outgoing senior official said, referring to her visit to Kuwait and Iraq last Saturday and Sunday. She noted that the EU is supporting Kuwait, which is trying to build bridges and open channels of communication.

Mogherini stressed that preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is in the security interest of Europe and the world. We don't want to see a military escalation in our region nor do we want to see a nuclear arms race. Without the nuclear deal, the situation in the Gulf will be even more difficult.

The EU foreign policy chief warned that miscalculations can happen and called on all leaders to exercise maximum restraint. That is why we are doing everything to save the nuclear deal after the US unilateral withdrawal, she said.

Mogherini criticized Iran's decision to breach the deal by increasing its uranium enrichment beyond the limit set and urged Tehran to go back to full compliance. We will continue to do everything we can to save the deal, she underlined.

Source: International Islamic News Agency