EU calls for dialogue to ease tensions in the Gulf region

BRUSSELS, The European Union warned of “risks of miscalculation” in the Gulf region Sunday and repeated calls for restraint and dialogue.

“In view of rising tensions, it is essential to show restraint and avoid any further escalation.” The risk of miscalculation remains high, especially in the absence of dialogue,” said Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Helga Schmd.

“Listening to the concerns of all the stakeholders involved and finding ways to de-escalate are in the interest of everyone.

“The EU would like to see a region where contentious issues are addressed through dialogue and diplomatic engagement. We believe we all stand to benefit from avoiding confrontation and fostering cooperation”, she said in a statement after returning from a four-day visit to the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Iran.

Schmid also used this opportunity to reiterate the EU’s continued commitment to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran nuclear deal) saying it is key to increasing stability and security in the Middle East and a crucial element of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.

She discussed in Iran current EU efforts, together with other European partners, to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalization of the special purpose vehicle “INSTEX.” During her Gulf visit, the EEAS Secretary General also touched upon bilateral relations, discussing ways towards the implementation of the Cooperation Arrangement signed between the EEAS, the EU’s diplomatic service, and the UAE, Oman and Qatar.

She also exchanged views on regional issues of common concern, such as the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, the Middle East Peace Process, and the situation in Afghanistan, Libya and in Sudan, stressing the EU’s sustained interest in dialogue and engagement with the Gulf countries.

Source: Kuwait News Agency