STOCKHOLM - The European Union on Thursday was considering Britain's request to pull the bloc's ambassadors from Iran, an extraordinary move that would send a powerful signal of EU unity in the wake of Tehran's postelection crackdown. The issue was expected to be given high priority in a two-day meeting of EU foreign policy directors in Stockholm as Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review went to press Thursday afternoon.
Some EU countries worry that pulling the bloc's ambassadors from Tehran would only serve to isolate the Iranian regime. Sweden, which holds the rotating EU presidency, believes that "maintaining relations" with Iran is crucial, said Irena Busic, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. U.S. say it remains open to talks.