UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, the foreign ministers of European Union countries met in Brussels to discuss the latest developments in Iran, Iraq and Libya.
In a statement issued before the meeting, the High Representative for External Relations and Security Policy in the European Union, Joseph Borrell, said, “I called for an emergency meeting with member states (in the European Union) to conduct a strategic discussion on developments in the Middle East; thus we can analyze the picture on a large scale. Broader.”
Borrell said that the meeting will primarily discuss developments in Libya, and information will be exchanged on the negotiations that took place in this framework.
He added that the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salameh, will attend the meeting.
Borrell said that the foreign ministers will discuss developments in Iran.
He noted that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will provide information on the latest developments in this regard.
For his part, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg pointed out the importance of investigating all aspects of the crash of the Ukrainian Airlines plane in Iran.
Shalinberg said that the indications of the Tehran administration that they are open to investigation of this matter are very important.
He stated that the European Union should take a more effective stance in order to reduce tension between Iran and the United States.
He continued, “If the two parties did not come to sit at the negotiating table, we must take the negotiating table to them.”
Schallenberg pointed out the importance of establishing a channel of dialogue between the Americans and the Iranians.
He stressed the need to open the door to political dialogue and to move away from the cycle of violence.
In turn, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “If we do not find a political solution to the Libyan crisis in a short time, Libya will become Syria again. It should not happen.”
Mas noted that they launched the Berlin march on the crisis in Libya.
He indicated that they called for a cease-fire in Libya and the implementation of the arms embargo.
Mas revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet, on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian capital, Moscow.
He continued: “Since Russia plays an important role in the Libyan conflict, we will meet with Putin, and we hope that Russia will be part of the solution.”
Mas said that the European Union should also play a role in Iraq and the Middle East.
He explained that Iraq should not become the scene of conflict between the United States and Iran.
Mas noted that the Europeans have invested heavily in Iraq in the military and civil fields.
He stressed that the struggle against the terrorist organization “ISIS” must continue.
And Mas warned, that if the struggle against ISIS is stopped, this would greatly destabilize Iraq and open new spheres of influence for ISIS.
The German minister added that they will meet with Iran on the implementation of its obligations on the nuclear agreement, and that it is unacceptable not to abide by them.
And Mas said, they expect Iran to stick to the agreement.
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