UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — European Union Foreign Minister Federica Mujerini opened an EU mission in Kuwait on Sunday, the third in the Gulf region, a move that comes amid regional tensions between Washington and Tehran.
“This is a message to the whole region that the EU is strengthening its presence and involvement in the Middle East,” Mogherini said at the opening ceremony. “What is happening in the Gulf concerns Europe, and what is going on in Europe concerns the Gulf.”
This is the third EU headquarters in the Gulf after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
“At a stage of regional and global tensions, Kuwait is a voice of wisdom and a force for peace, which makes us partners,” she said.
The opening of the headquarters came at a time of growing tensions in the region due to the growing dispute between Washington and Tehran. The two countries exchanged threats after Tehran dropped a US reconnaissance aircraft last month and attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz in May and June.
The United States accused Tehran of being behind these attacks, and what Iran denied.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain accuse the Islamic Republic of working to destabilize the Gulf. Iran, on the other hand, maintains good relations with other Gulf states, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
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