Global Leaders React to Israel's Strike on Iran Amid Rising Tensions

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.19 - 2024 1:16 PM CET

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World leaders react to Israel's strike on Iran.

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Following Israel's recent military action on Iranian soil, a wave of responses from international leaders and diplomatic entities has emerged, reflecting a collective call for restraint and de-escalation in the region.

Here's a breakdown of the key reactions:

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: "It is absolutely necessary that the region remains stable and that all sides restrain from further action."

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: "Significant escalation is not in anyone's interest. What we want to see is calm heads prevail across the region."

Deputy French Foreign Minister Jean-Noel Barrot: "All I can say is that France's position is to call on all actors for de-escalation and restraint."

UN Special Rapporteur Ben Saul: "Israel's latest strikes on Iran are another violation of the prohibition on the use of military force under international law & the UN Charter, and threaten the human right to life."

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi: "Japan is deeply concerned about the situation in the Middle East and strongly condemn any actions that lead to the escalation of the situation. "Japan will continue to make all necessary diplomatic efforts to prevent the situation from worsening further."

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi: "We warn against the danger of regional escalation. We condemn all actions that threaten dragging the region into war. Israeli-Iranian retaliations must end. The inhumane war on Gaza must end now. The focus of the world must remain on ending the catastrophic aggression on Gaza."

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: "De-escalation remains the order of the day in the near future. And we will also talk about this with all our friends and allies, and work together with them in this direction."

G7 Foreign Ministers: In a collective statement, they urged "all parties to work to prevent further escalation. The G7 will continue to work to this end."

United Arab Emirates: "The (foreign) ministry affirmed the importance of reaching substantial solutions to the ongoing disputes and crises in the region aimed at de-escalating tensions, in addition to resolving conflicts through dialogue and diplomatic channels, and for adhering to the rule of law and respecting the United Nations Charter."

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: China opposes any action escalating tensions in the Middle East after the Israeli attack on Iran.

This list was compiled by Reuters.

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