World reactions to Iran strikes against Israel

AFP , Sunday 14 Apr 2024

Many countries condemned Iran's strikes on Israel, warning the attack could further destabilise the Middle East and calling for restraint.

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Jordanian onlookers and security agents standing around the debris of a missile that the Jordanian forces intercepted over Amman amid an unprecedented Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel in the early hours of April 14, 2024. AFP

 

Here are some of the main reactions so far:

United Nations
 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned "the serious escalation".

"I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation," he added, calling on parties to "avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East".

European Union
 

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen called on Iran to "immediately cease" attacks. "All actors must now refrain from further escalation and work to restore stability in the region," she said in a message on X.

NATO
 

NATO condemned Iran's overnight attack as "escalation" of regional unrest and urged restraint on all sides.

"We condemn Iran's overnight escalation, call for restraint, and are monitoring developments closely. It is vital that the conflict in the Middle East does not spiral out of control," spokesperson Farah Dakhlallah said.

Britain
 

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the "reckless" strikes, which he said "risk inflaming tensions and destabilising the region. Iran has once again demonstrated that it is intent on sowing chaos in its own backyard."

He also called for "calm heads to prevail" and that "we'll be working with our allies to de-escalate the situation".

Canada
 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa "unequivocally condemns Iran's airborne attacks", adding: "We stand with Israel."

China
 

China's foreign ministry also urged restraint, characterising the attack as "the latest spillover of the Gaza conflict" and calling for the implementation of a recent UN Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire there, saying the "conflict must end now".

"China calls on the international community, especially countries with influence, to play a constructive role for the peace and stability of the region," it added.

Egypt
 

Cairo's foreign ministry expressed its "deep concern" at the escalation of hostilities and called for "maximum restraint".

The ministry's statement also warned of the "risk of the regional expansion of the conflict", and added that Egypt would be "in direct contact with all parties to the conflict to try and contain the situation".

France
 

French President Emmanuel Macron said on X: "I condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented attack launched by Iran against Israel, which carries the risk of destabilising the region".

Germany
 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the Iranian attack as "irresponsible and unjustifiable," saying "Iran risks a regional conflagration," his spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that the attack took the region to the "edge of a precipice" and had "plunged the entire region into chaos".

Indonesia
 

Indonesia's foreign ministry said it was "deeply concerned" over the escalation in tensions and called on the UN Security Council "to act immediately to de-escalate tensions and continue working towards lasting peace in the Middle East, including by ending the illegal occupation of Palestine and various violations of international law by Israel".

"A just settlement of the Palestinian issue through the two-state solution will be the key to maintaining regional security."

Iraq
 

Iraq's President Abdel Latif Rashid called for a "reduction of tensions", warned against the "spread of conflict" and emphasised" the need to stop the aggression against the Gaza Strip and to find a solution to the Palestinian question, given this is a fundamental element to the stability of the region".

Italy
 

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni condemned the attack and said she feared "destabilisation of the region" which "we are continuing to work to avoid."

Qatar
 

Qatar expressed "deep concern" following the strikes and called on "all parties to halt escalation" and "exercise maximum restraint". The gas-rich emirate, which has been engaged in weeks of talks with Israel and Hamas and mediated a hostage exchange between Tehran and Washington in September urged the international community to "take urgent action to defuse the tension and de-escalate."

Russia
 

Russia's foreign ministry expressed "extreme concern over the latest dangerous escalation in the region" and urged all sides to "show restraint".

"We are counting on the regional states to solve the existing problems with political and diplomatic means," the ministry said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia
 

The Saudi foreign ministry voiced its concern at the "military escalation" and called on "all parties to exercise utmost restraint and spare the region and its peoples from the dangers of war".

It went on to urge the UN Security Council "to assume its responsibility towards maintaining international peace and security".

Spain
 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called for restraint, saying Madrid "will always condemn all forms of violence which threaten the security and the well-being of innocent civilians."

Turkey
 

Turkey Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan spoke by telephone with his Iranian counterpart "and stated that we do not wish for a new escalation in the region", a diplomatic source said.

Ukraine
 

Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelensky condemned the attack, saying Iran's actions "threaten the entire region and the world, just as Russia's actions threaten a larger conflict".

"The obvious collaboration between the two regimes in spreading terror must face a resolute and united response from the world", he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

United States
 

US President Joe Biden promised "ironclad" support for Israel after holding an urgent meeting with top security officials.

"I just met with my national security team for an update on Iran's attacks against Israel. Our commitment to Israel's security against threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad," Biden said on X, formerly Twitter, posting a picture of the meeting in the White House Situation Room.

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