June 22, 2019 / 11:05 AM / 4 months ago

Germany's Merkel urges political solution in Iran crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The international community must seek a political solution on Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had aborted a military strike to retaliate against Tehran’s downing of a U.S. drone.

Speaking at an annual gathering of Protestant churches, Merkel also said the Iran issue would be discussed at next week’s meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 leading economies in Japan, at least at a bilateral level.

“There has to be a political solution (on Iran) and that is what we are working on,” Merkel said.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Tom Sims; Editing by Gareth Jones

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