By EurActiv.com with agencies
Mogherini is in Washington for a two-day visit to “identify common ground” with the new administration, following a series of disputes between US President Donald Trump and Europe.
On her Twitter account, the EU’s top diplomat said she had had a “good meeting” with Tillerson, discussing US-EU cooperation and the crises in Syria and Ukraine, among other issues.
The two discussed “trans-Atlantic relations, the common challenge of countering terrorism, the ongoing work to strengthen European defense, relations with Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and the main crises, from Ukraine to Syria,” the statement said.
On Thursday (9 February), she also met with Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security advisor, a White House official said.
Mogherini helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, along with diplomats from Iran, the United States and other major world powers. The deal curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.
Trump has said the deal is terrible, and Flynn put Iran “on notice” last week for test-firing a ballistic missile, raising the prospect of spiking tensions between Iran and the United States.
The US president has expressed openness to working more closely with Russia, a stance that has rattled European allies and drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans, who say Russia is an adversary of the United States and other Western democracies.
Tillerson had significant business ties with prominent Russians in his former position as Exxon Mobil Corp’s chief executive, but also referred to Russia as a “bad actor” during his confirmation hearing last month.
On security challenges, Mogherini seemed to have had an excellent exchange with Senator John McCain, as he pointed out on Twitter.
But the list of grievances and complaints is long, requiring an arduous effort to clean the air and repair the trans-Atlantic bond.
Today, Mogherini will address the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative from 2-3pm local time. The conversation with Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, will be livestreamed.
Source: http://www.euractiv. com/section/global-europe/ news/eus-top-diplomat- discusses-russia-iran-nuclear- deal-with-tillerson/