The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, Josep Borrell – Jennifer Jacquemart / European Com / DPA
Borrell avoids talking about the causes of the Ukrainian accident because he has no reliable information
BRUSSELS, 10 (EUROPE PRESS)
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, Josep Borrell, will strengthen its diplomatic profile in the Middle East in order to involve Iran in a diplomatic solution that seeks to safeguard the nuclear agreement and reduce tension in the region.
As the High Representative explained in a press conference following the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Summit, member countries have given a “mandate” to “deploy diplomatic actions to help alleviate tensions, support political dialogue and seek a regional political solution.” In this context, he has assured that the EU will support Iraq on all fronts so as not to “disrupt” the work done in recent years in Iraq with the fight against the Islamic State
Thus, Borrell wanted to emphasize that he will seek to involve Tehran in the dialogue, given that the solution to the crisis “can only be regional.” “We show that we must talk with everyone, without excluding anyone. Nothing prevents us from seeking a regional solution,” he argued, in relation to the approach to Tehran, after the recent crisis between the United States and Iran over the death of the general Iranian Qasem Soleimani in a bombing in Baghdad, to which Tehran replied with missile attacks against international coalition bases in Iraq.
“This region cannot afford a new war, we have called for all parties to show containment and ease tensions,” Borrell said, reiterating the message from Brussels in recent days to reduce tensions.
In this regard, he has indicated the commitment of the Twenty-eight to safeguard the nuclear agreement and ensure that Iran adheres to its commitments. “Thanks to this plan today Iran is not a nuclear power and we are convinced that it must be preserved,” he said, while stressing that the pact is “fundamental” for stability in the area.
“We call on Iran to comply with the agreement and we trust the actions of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” he said, referring to the body that verifies Iranian commitments.
AVOID TALKING ABOUT THE CAUSES OF THE AIR ACCIDENT
At all times Borrell has avoided entering to assess the causes of the accident of the Ukrainian plane in Tehran, after NATO and the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have pointed out that it was shot down by a missile of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Although he acknowledges having information about it, the Spanish diplomat believes that no thesis can be assumed on the causes of the incident because it is not “reliable”.
“It is a purely technical issue and we have some information of what could have happened but not with a degree of reliability that allows me to assume any of that information,” he argued. “I can't say anything because I don't know anything concrete about the plane,” he has settled the journalists' questions.
LIBYA: POINTS THE BERLIN PROCESS
Likewise, the European partners had on the table the conflict in Libya, where there has been a resurgence of clashes between the faction of the Tripoli unit government, supported by the UN, and the forces of field marshal Jalifa Haftar, backed by The eastern government.
In the Libyan context, Borrell understands that the ceasefire is the first point to start working on a diplomatic solution, which can be conducted through the Berlin Process, by which Germany tries to sit the actors around a table of political negotiation
“We have to focus on following the ceasefire, ensuring that the arms embargo is respected and restarting the 'Sophia' operation,” Borrell said of the steps to be taken on the Libyan stage, in case the end of hostilities