EU's foreign policy chief to travel to Iran in de-escalation mission

European Union has decided to try to reduce the tension in the middle east by sending 's foreign service, Josep Borrell to Iran

The head of the European Union's foreign service, Josep Borrell, will travel to Iran next week to meet the country's leaders in a bid to reduce tensions in the Middle East, the EU said in a statement on Sunday.

During his trip on Monday and Tuesday, Borrell will meet Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif among others.

"Borrell received a strong mandate from the EU foreign ministers to engage in diplomatic dialogue with regional partners, to de-escalate tensions and seek opportunities for political solutions to the current crisis," the statement said.

The tensions began from the Soleimani murder

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Tensions in the region stepped up after the killing in early January of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States in Iraq.

"The visit will also be an opportunity to convey the EU's strong commitment to preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," the statement said, referring to the nuclear deal that Iran reached with six major powers in 2015, and from which the United States withdrew in 2018.

The EU serves as a guarantor of the nuclear deal, and Borrell has a formal role in its dispute resolution process, which Britain, France, and Germany activated in January after Iran said it was no longer abiding by some limits on nuclear material.