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Pompeo crashes Brussels meet of EU allies for Iran talks

IANS  |  Brussels 

US called off a trip to and instead made an unscheduled visit to on Monday to hold talks with officials on amid renewed tensions in the Middle East, officials said.

Pompeo, who had been scheduled to head to Russia, landed in to discuss pressing issues with EU diplomats, said a

The visit came as warned of heightened tensions in the region and Pompeo sought to have talks with top diplomats from the UK, and France, the State Department said.

The last-minute decision - announced as Pompeo hopped on a plane - set up a confrontation between him and European diplomats who have been scrambling to save the Iranian nuclear deal which was abandoned by the US last year, Post reported.

Iranian leaders announced last week they would scale back their cooperation under the 2015 agreement, forcing to choose between defying or kissing goodbye to the 2015 deal. sees it as key to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, the report said.

UK spoke in of the dangers of an "accidentally-triggered" conflict between the US and over the unravelling of the 2015 pact signed by Tehran, Russia, China, the EU, the UK, France, and the US.

"We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended," said Hunt, adding it was important not to push back towards re-nuclearization.

Pompeo was expected to talk with European counterparts about the status of the agreement which Washington has walked away from.

According to news, EU officials said that Pompeo was not to take part in discussions within the although he was considering the possibility of holding several meetings on its margins.

He had been due to meet staff in Russia, US business leaders and alumni of an exchange programme and take part in a ceremony to honour those who died fighting against Nazi in World War II.

All those events were cancelled to make room for the trip to Brussels, from where Pompeo was still expected to travel to the resort of Sochi.

There he was due to meet Russian and to discuss several issues: The challenges in the relationship between the two countries, arms control policies and the situation in Ukraine, Venezuela, Iran, and

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 18:58 IST
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