News ID: 253903
Published: 0228 GMT June 08, 2019

Germany warns of consequences in Mideast amid soaring tensions

Germany warns of consequences in Mideast amid soaring tensions

International Desk

Maas: Europe determined to save Iran nuclear deal 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Saturday warned of “unforeseeable consequences” if tensions in the Middle East are not eased.

"There is a clear danger that miscalculations, misunderstandings, provocations in a highly tense region could lead to unforeseeable consequences," Maas said in a statement as he arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

"The latest escalation requires us as European neighbors to intervene in favor of de-escalation and peaceful reconciliation," Maas said.

Maas said European nations must engage with the region at a time of heightened concern following recent US naval movements in the Persian Gulf.

“We must not only call for dialogue, but also engage in it, especially where positions appear hopelessly entrenched and longstanding conflicts run deep."

Last month the US dispatched an aircraft carrier group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf to counter what it said were threatening moves by Iran.

Maas was in Jordan on Friday for the first stop of his high-profile four-day Middle East tour. He will also visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and then Iran on Monday.

Maas has discussed the trip with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a recent visit to Berlin and coordinated with Britain and France.

The top diplomat said Germany and Europe will spare no efforts to keep Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers up and running, calling the 2015 accord a "key factor for stability and security in the region."

“We Europeans are convinced it is worth every effort to work hard for the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," Maas added. “Its continued and full implementation by Iran remains key factor to stability and security in the region.”

The US withdrew from the accord last year and restored crippling sanctions on Iran. The sanctions have squeezed Iran's economy, causing oil exports to crash and contributing to soaring inflation.

The UN atomic agency said in its latest report this month confirmed that Iran is still living up to its commitments under the JCPOA. 

AP and Deutsche Welle contributed to this story.



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