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A EU to invite Iran FM for talks over protests: Berlin

AFP  |  Berlin 

The will invite Iran's for talks about the recent anti- protests that have hit the country, Germany's said today. "Together with the EU's (Federica Mogherini), we agreed to invite the Iranian foreign minister, if possible next week," Gabriel told German ZDF, without giving further details. 21 people have died and hundreds arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the Iranian regime as a whole, with attacks on buildings and police stations. "We very quickly affirmed that we support the freedom to demonstrate and that the state should support this," Gabriel said. At the same time, Gabriel said will not follow the lead of US Donald Trump, who pledged to help Iranians "take back" their Trump also seized on the recent unrest to again slam a multiparty nuclear deal with as deeply flawed. Germany, as well as France, has "warned against attempts at instrumentalising the domestic conflicts in Iran," said Gabriel. The US on Friday took the protests to the UN Security Council, where deep divisions emerged over the issue, with arguing the demonstrations posed no threat to international peace and security.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 02:45 IST
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