US’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal may heighten tensions in the region: AU Commission

mousa FakiMoussa Faki Mahamat is the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission. (Image source: United Nations Photo/Flickr)The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed deep concern at the decision of the US government to unilaterally withdraw from the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on the Iran nuclear programme and reimpose sanctions on Iran

He noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s full compliance with the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council.

The chairperson of the commission stressed that the decision taken by the US government has the potential to heighten tensions in the region, as well as further erode confidence in the credibility of international commitments. It deals a serious blow to multilateralism and to international regimes on nuclear verification.

Moussa Faki Mahamat called on the other signatories of the JCPoA to demonstrate renewed commitment to this landmark agreement and salvage it. In this respect, he welcomes the statements issued by major international stakeholders.

“The African Union, which is deeply committed to multilateralism and respect for international law, will spare no efforts in support to the JCPoA, in conjunction with other members of the international community,” according to the African Union Peace and Security Department.

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