EU, Iraq supporters of peace proposal over US, Iran tension
Tehran (KNA) - In a joint press conference between Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim and EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 13, both sides showed their support for holding 'peace conference' to de-escalate Iran-US tension.
The EU official said that the international body supports Iraq's proposal to hold peace conference to ease tensions between the US and Iran.
"We support completely the idea of a regional conference proposed by Iraq and the EU is fully behind that and fully ready to support this idea," Mogherini told reporters.
The Iraqi FM, for his turn, underlined that having negotiations is the best option to finish tensions in the region, noting that the Middle-East is not open to a new war.
Mogherini, in her trip to Iraq, also held separate talks with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi who expressed Baghdad’s willingness to resolve crises and establish peace in the region via dialogue.
Earlier on May 20, the Leader of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq, Ammar al-Hakim said heightened tension between Iran and US can have negative consequences for the region, suggesting that Baghdad can play a mediatory role on this issue.
The senior Iraqi Shia cleric described the escalation of tension between Tehran and Washington as worrying, saying that such tensions endanger the security and stability of all countries in the region.