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EU Foreign Affairs Council discussed tensions around Iran nuclear deal

15. July 2019 - 19:18

The EU Foreign Affairs Council met today, 15 July, in Brussels to discuss the situation in Iraq, Central African Republic and Iran, as well as recent developments surrounding the Iran nuclear deal. Estonia was represented by Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Kaja Tael.

“The Council discussed the delicate situation that has emerged around the Iran nuclear deal and related tensions in the Persian Gulf region. We must remember that due to the urgency of the situation, imprudent moves could have serious consequences. The Council agreed that although there are signs of dangerous developments, the deal still stands and the steps taken are not of irreversible character,“ said Tael.

The Council also evaluated the situation in Iraq following the parliamentary elections that took place in spring 2018. According to Ambassador Tael, it is important that the EU strategy on Iran achieves its desired goals. “The strategy aims to support the development of a stable society, democratic governance and the economy in Iraq after the defeat of Daesh,“ Tael added. Following the discussion, the Council adopted conclusions that affirm the EU’s support for Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as continued assistance to Iraq’s reforms in all fields.

In addition, conclusions from High Representative Federica Mogherini’s visit to the Central African Republic last week were discussed, as well as external aspects of migration and the situation in Sudan. The representatives of European Union member states also met with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Moldova Nicu Popescu in the form of an informal lunch. They discussed Moldova’s efforts towards integration with Europe as well as the new government’s foreign policy directions.


More information:

Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser, Communication Department
+372 637 7628

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