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2020.01.10 09:43

Lithuania calls for 'transatlantic unity' as EU discusses Iran

BNS 2020.01.10 09:43

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is leaving for Brussels on Friday to discuss the situation in the Middle East with his EU counterparts.

"The transatlantic unity remains crucial," Linkevičius was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Foreign Ministry.

"Iran has to stop performing provocative actions. The situation must be de-escalated. Lithuania is closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to work with our partners and allies towards a diplomatic solution," the statemeant reads.

Tensions are rising in this region after the US killed Iran's top General Qasem Soleimani last week and Tehran targeted two US and allied military bases in Iraq with ballistic missiles.

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During the EU Foreign Affairs Council's extraordinary meeting, Linkevičius will present Lithuania's worries that the consequences could extend beyond the Middle East region.

Iran announced last week that it would not longer comply with uranium enrichment restrictions as part of the 2015 nuclear deal with global powers. Iran had vowed to limit its nuclear programme under the agreement in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions.