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Polarised UNSC Meeting on Iran Attack: Consensus is to Avoid Escalating Middle East Tensions

United Nations, April 15 (IANS) – At the polarized Security Council’s emergency meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the “Middle East was on the brink.” The meeting, held within 24 hours of Iran’s attack on Israel, resulted in calls for no further escalation of tensions in the region.

During the meeting, convened at Israel’s request, there were strong condemnations of Iran by the US and Britain, while Russia defended Tehran. Despite the divisions within the Council, there was an agreement to avoid any actions that could lead to major military conflicts in the Middle East.

Guterres emphasized the need to step back from the brink and urged for maximum restraint to prevent a devastating full-scale conflict. The captured Israeli-owned ship, Aries, by Iran was also discussed with calls for the release of the crew, including Indians.

Israel’s Permanent Representative Gilad Erdan called for condemning the attack and imposing the strongest sanctions on Iran. He shared a video showing Israel neutralizing missiles and drones over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, stating that Tehran was targeting Islam’s holy places in its pursuit of Shia domination.

Iran’s Permanent Representative Amir Saed Iravani defended Tehran’s actions, citing self-defense under the UN Charter due to Israeli strikes on its diplomatic mission in Syria. US Deputy Representative Robert Wood supported Israel’s right to defend itself but called for a strong condemnation of Iran to prevent further escalation of tensions in the region.

Russia’s Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia accused the US and its allies of double standards towards Iran, citing their inaction on Israel’s attack on the Iranian diplomatic mission in Syria. He called for restraint from all parties involved to prevent the conflict from escalating to a region-wide confrontation.

The Security Council has planned an open debate on the Palestine situation to involve all member nations following the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, marking more than 23,000 deaths. The recent attacks and retaliations highlight the escalating tensions in the region, raising concerns about a potential broader conflict.

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