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EU leaders urge Trump to open dialogue with Iran

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leaders, upon their arrival to a summit in the Bulgarian capital on Thursday, underscored the importance of the nuclear deal and urged US to open a dialogue with to avoid destabilizing the region.

French said the EU was willing to uphold the nuclear pact regardless of the path taken by the US and stressed that the deal was important for the region, news reported.

"On Iran, from the start, remains united with a desire to maintain peace and stability in the region," said Macron, adding that the nuclear deal was "an important element in this balance".

EU leaders of the 28 members states discussed Trump's decision to break away from the 2015 deal with Iran, which saw agreeing to rein in its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Belgian said the EU and US had a history and shared values, though it seemed Trump had forgotten this.

He called on the US not to abandon the practice of multilateral negotiation with regards to issues of common interests, such as or trade between regions.

"In several months, Trump and his administration have taken unilateral measures that are against the economic and geopolitical interests of the EU," he said, calling on Trump to move towards opening dialogue with Iran.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, meanwhile, acknowledged that the pact with Iran, following the US decision to unilaterally abandon it, was "damaged".

She said keeping the pact alive was the only way to pressure Iran on its ballistic missiles programme, which had not been part of the 2015 deal, and avoid the destabilisation of the region.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:42 IST
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