Accessibility links

Breaking News

Merkel Urges 'Peaceful Solutions' In Gulf Crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan attend a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined a joint commitment to finding peaceful solutions to the standoff over Iran as she meets with one of Tehran's most prominent regional rivals.

Germany is one of the signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that is trying to salvage the agreement following the United States' withdrawal and amid increasing impatience in Tehran. Germany's foreign minister visited Iran Monday.

Merkel met Wednesday with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Gulf kingdom's de facto ruler and a critic of Iran. She said that, although their countries hold partly diverging views, "the will to reach peaceful solutions unites us."

The crown prince didn't mention Iran in a brief statement to reporters on his wide-ranging talks with Merkel in Berlin. The leaders took no questions.