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European powers urge Iran not to abandon nuclear deal After a long silence on the Iranian crisis, Boris Johnson joined Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in issuing a joint statement, urging de-escalation and warning Iraq against its vote to expel foreign troops as hindering the fight against Isis. Some pointed out the statement failed to condemn Soleimani’s killing. Here it is below: “We call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and responsibility. The current cycle of violence in Iraq must be stopped.”We specifically call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation, and urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the JCPOA [the Iran nuclear deal]. “We recall our attachment to the sovereignty and security of Iraq. Another crisis risks jeopardising years of efforts to stabilise Iraq. “We also reaffirm our commitment to continue the fight against Daesh (Islamic State), which remains a high priority. The preservation of the Coalition is key in this regard. We therefore urge the Iraqi authorities to continue providing the Coalition all the necessary support. “We stand ready to continue our engagement with all sides in order to contribute to defuse tensions and restore stability to the region.”

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