Egypt expresses deep concern over Iranian-Israeli escalation, calls on parties to exercise restraint

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Apr 2024

Egypt expressed its deep concern over the recent signs of escalation between Iran and Israel, urging all parties involved to exercise utmost restraint.

Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs. AFP
Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs. AFP


Egypt voiced its apprehension regarding the announced Iranian offensive marches against Israel and the dangerous indications of heightened tensions between the two nations in recent times, read a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday night.

The statement emphasized the need for maximum self-control to prevent further instability and tension in the region.

Egypt's concerns stem from the belief that the ongoing dangerous escalation in the Iranian/Israeli arena is a direct consequence of the warnings it has repeatedly issued in the past, read the statement.

The country has consistently cautioned against the perils of expanding the conflict in the region, specifically following Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip and the provocative military activities observed in the area, the statement added. 

Highlighting its commitment to resolving the situation, Egypt emphasized that it remains in constant communication with all relevant parties, striving to contain the escalating tensions and avert any further threats to the region's stability and the interests of its people.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a wide-ranging drone and missile attack on Israel late Saturday evening.

The attack comes as an act of self-defence in response to an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on 1 April, according to Iranian officials.

Egypt's air defence forces have been put on maximum alert following the attack, an official source told Al Qahera news channel.

A senior Egyptian source confirmed the existence of a crisis cell comprising all relevant agencies and institutions closely monitoring developments in the region and providing continuous reports to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi around the clock, according to Al-Qahera News.

The Egyptian source also affirmed that Egypt continues to intensify its communications with all parties to halt the escalation in the region as part of its efforts towards calm and peace.

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