EU top diplomat Borrell says discussed nuclear talks, Afghanistan in Saudi visit

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners on prospects for resuming nuclear talks with Iran and hoped it would happen “soon”.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Borrell said he had also exchanged views on Afghanistan and Yemen. He said the EU is ready to pursue trade agreements with the Arab Gulf states.

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For his part, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said he had discussed several issues with his EU counterpart, adding that their meeting in Riyadh also saw them “see the opportunities achieved by the Kingdom Vision.” 2030″.

Prince Faisal also confirmed to Borrell “the seriousness of the Houthi militias’ practices in Yemen”, adding that Saudi Arabia is “in dialogue with the United States on the war in Yemen”.

He stressed “the danger that the Houthi militias will continue to bet on military options in Yemen,” explaining that “the Houthis continue to violate despite the ceasefire initiatives in Yemen.”

Regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, the Saudi foreign minister said Riyadh is deeply concerned about Iran’s violations.

“They contradict Iran’s statements about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program,” he said.

– With Reuters

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