Time: 10:16 AM
The security situation in both the Gulf region
and the European Union are linked together, due to close relations between the
two sides, said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini Tuesday night.
Speaking before the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, the outgoing
senior official 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.
She referred to her recent visit to Kuwait and Iraq last Saturday and
Sunday, "Together we discussed how we can avoid further escalation," noting
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," said the EU foreign policy chief.
She 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.
She criticized Iran's decision to breach the deal by increasing its uranium
enrichment beyond the limit set and urged it to go back to full compliance.
"We will continue to do everything we can to save the deal," she underlined.