Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Germany, France, Britain to stay with Iran nuclear deal

'It's about war and peace': Merkel urges restraint in Middle East Germany, France, Britain to stay with Iran nuclear deal
Gerardo Duncan | 11 May, 2018, 04:30

Mrs Merkel expressed concerns about the threat of war between Israel and Iran over Syria and said that Europe needed take control of its own destiny to confront global conflicts raging on the edges of the continent.

In her speech, Merkel urged the European Union to improve its foreign and defense policy, arguing that Europe could no longer fully rely on the United States to protect it. She stated this on Thursday in Aachen, Agence France Press, writes the Chronicle.info with reference on the European truth. "Europe needs to take his own destiny into their own hands, this is a task for the future", she said.

The leaders' remarks come just after President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the USA would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal.

But the foreign policy chief of Merkel's party, Norbert Roettgen, warned that it would be hard to adhere to the accord without the United States as European companies that continue to do business in Iran could be hit with heavy U.S. sanctions.

New US embassy in Jerusalem high-profile but humble
New US embassy in Jerusalem high-profile but humble

The statement said Merkel condemned the overnight attacks on Israeli positions "and called on Iran to contribute to de-escalation in the region".

Iran is also actively involved in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria supporting Shia forces in these countries - the Houthi movement called Ansar Allah in Yemen and the Syrian government headed by President Bashar Assad, who belongs to the Alawite minority.

Le Drian said Monday in Berlin that "we will continue it independently of the American decision". "Other powers. haven't kept their word", he added, without specifying the powerful countries he was referring to. "We made the choice to build peace in the Middle East".

"We must succeed in building our own sovereignty, which in this region will be the guarantor of stability", he said.

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