News ID: 254164
Published: 0336 GMT June 12, 2019

EEAS secretary general to visit Iran in coming days

EEAS secretary general to visit Iran in coming days

Schmid to discuss operationalization of INSTEX in Tehran visit

The European Union announced that Secretary General of European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid will travel to Iran in coming days.

Schmid, a top EU foreign policy official leading bloc efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal, began official visits to countries in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday starting with the United Arab Emirates followed by Oman, Qatar and Iran.

The visit will take place against the backdrop of the prevailing tensions in the region. It will be an opportunity to underline the call of the European Union to defuse regional tensions, find ways towards de-escalation and promote dialogue, according to the statement.

As part of the EU efforts to promote stability in the region, the visit will also aim at discussing the preservation of the nuclear deal with Iran, which continues to be a key element of the non-proliferation architecture and a key pillar of security, both globally and in the region, the statement adds.

The visit will be an occasion to discuss bilateral relations as well as other regional issues of common concern.

"During the past few weeks, we have seen a worrying trend towards escalation. We are concerned about this period of intensified hostility, which, in the absence of any form of structured cooperation or regular dialogue, maybe very risky for the stability of the region," Schmid told KUNA ahead of her visit to the region.

“Although there is no one single set of solution, the goal is to promote dialogue as an antidote to confrontation. I am going there to express the EU's concern about the rise of tensions, listen to our partners' views and share our assessment,” the German diplomat said.

"I will also stress our support for the opening of channels of dialogue and reflect how the EU could be useful in helping to de-escalate. I will use this opportunity to share the ongoing European efforts for the preservation of the nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA), which is key to the stability and security in the Middle East and beyond as well as a crucial element of the international non-proliferation architecture," she stressed.

"In Iran, where I will travel to after my visit to UAE, Oman and Qatar, I will of course also discuss the state of play regarding the implementation of the JCPOA, including the operationalization of the Instrument in support of trade exchanges (INSTEX), aiming to provide a mechanism for legitimate trade with Iran. All actors should take a constructive approach in order to preserve regional stability," she stressed.



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