January 8, 2020 / 8:50 AM / 13 days ago

EU urges ceasefire in Middle East and resumption of dialogue

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen holds a news conference after a college meeting of the EU executive to discuss Iran crisis, in Brussels, Belgium January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called on Wednesday for an immediate end to the use of weapons in the Middle East conflict between Iran and the United States, urging efforts to restart dialogue.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a news briefing before departing to London that she would discuss the situation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“The use of weapons must stop now to give space for dialogue,” she told reporters after a meeting of her commissioners.

“We are called upon to do everything possible to rekindle talks. There cannot be enough of that. We have established and time-tested relations with many actors in the region and beyond to de-escalate the situation,” she said.

Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Philip Blenkinsop and Marine Strauss

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