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EU and G7 leaders call for de-escalation in the Middle East

EU, G7 urge de-escalation in Middle East following Iran’s strikes

Brussels/Rome, April 15 (IANS) – European Union (EU) and Group of Seven (G7) leaders have called for preventing a further escalation in the Middle East after Iran’s retaliatory strikes on Israel. EU leaders emphasized on avoiding bloodshed and restoring stability in the region.

European Council President Charles Michel stated, “Everything must be done to prevent further regional escalation. More bloodshed must be avoided.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also stressed on refraining from escalation and restoring stability in the region.

Josep Borrell, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, called for utmost restraint from all parties. He announced an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers on April 16 to address the situation and contribute to de-escalation efforts.

The G7 leaders issued a joint statement after a virtual meeting, calling for de-escalation and restraint from all parties involved. They highlighted the importance of avoiding further tension in the region and emphasized the need for a ceasefire and release of hostages by Hamas in Gaza.

Iran and allied armed groups carried out coordinated drone and missile strikes on Israel late Saturday night. Iran defended its military action based on the UN Charter’s Article 51 regarding the legitimate right to self-defense, in response to an Israeli attack on its consulate in Syria on April 1.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran is not seeking to continue its military operations against Israel at this moment. The international community continues to monitor the situation closely and calls for de-escalation in the region.

The G7, consisting of Canada, the US, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Japan, and the EU, reaffirmed their commitment to providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population amidst the ongoing crisis in the region. The global community remains engaged in efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East.

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