European Union External Action

Press release on the phone call between the HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign minister, Javad Zarif

This morning, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini, had a phone call with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, after the violences that followed the execution in Saudi Arabia of Sheikh Nimr al Nimr. During the long conversation, HRVP Mogherini was informed of the incident at the Saudi embassy and of the steps taken by the Iranian authorities to defuse the tensions and protect the Saudi diplomats.

No effort should be spared by all parties to keep the situation under control and to avoid sectarian tensions to escalate, they agreed. The security and stability of the whole Region, that is already facing great threats, is at stake, underlined the HR/VP Federica Mogherini. The international community and the main regional actors are actively working together to support a political solution for the crisis in Syria and to join forces against terrorists groups, and these efforts should not be jeopardized by new instability.

The HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif also discussed the ongoing work towards implementation day and took stock of the important progress made so far.

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