May 15, 2018 / 9:16 AM / 3 months ago

EU leaders to discuss Iran economic options on Wednesday - official

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will discuss on Wednesday shielding European companies doing business with Iran from U.S. sanctions, a senior official said as the bloc is in damage control mode following Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2018. Thierry Monasse/Pool via Reuters

The senior EU official said the heads of bloc’s executive European Commission and the foreign service, Jean-Claude Juncker and Federica Mogherini, will brief all 28 EU leaders on options available when they meet over dinner in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, on Wednesday evening.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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