Following the recent escalation, we are duty-bound as European neighbours to advocate de‑escalation and peaceful reconciliation. We must not only call for dialogue, but also engage in it – especially where positions appear hopelessly entrenched and long-standing conflicts run deep. There is a clear danger that miscalculation, misunderstandings or provocations in a very tense region could have unforeseeable consequences.
It is not least uncertainty regarding the future of the JCPoA that has caused tensions to mount sharply. We Europeans are convinced it is worth every effort to work hard for the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Its continued and full implementation by Iran remains key to stability and security in the region.