The European Union’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, issued a personal invitation to his counterpart at Tehran at a desperate bid to de-escalate the tensions in the Middle East. But key member countries — Germany, France and the departing United Kingdom — refused to shed a tear for the death of General Soleimani, the second most influential man in Iran.
He was assassinated in a drone attack ordered by US President Donald Trump, that has claimed the military leader posed a threat to his country’s interests in the Middle East.In a statement, the EU stated Mr Borrell had shared a telephone call with Mr Zarif to discuss the tensions in the Middle East.The bloc said:”Josep Borrell voiced his deep concern about the most recent increase of violent confrontations in Iraq, including the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.
“He urged Iran to exercise restraint and carefully consider any response to prevent additional escalation, which hurts the entire region and its people.”The High Representative provided his full involvement to contribute to de-escalation. He worried that finally, a regional political solution was the only way ahead and the EU was prepared to support this.”
“Throughout the call, Mr Borrell urged Iran to conserve the nuclear accord, which lifts sanctions in exchange for Tehran halting its nuclear programmes, after the country pulled out. Despite the warm embrace from Brussels, London, Berlin and Paris made a decision to take a difference approach following a weekend of risks of war.
Boris Johnson reported that”we will not lament” the killing of General Soleimani after returning from a 12-day vacation in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister explained:”General Qasem Soleimani posed a threat to all our pursuits and was responsible for a pattern of disruptive, destabilising behaviour in the area.”
“Given the major role he has played in actions that have led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians and western employees, we won’t lament his death.”It’s clear, nevertheless, that all calls for retaliation or reprisals will simply result in more violence in the area and they’re in no one’s interest.
We’re in close contact with all sides to encourage de-escalation.”Mr Johnson had telephone calls using EU heavyweights French President Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, as well as President Trump upon his return.
Mr Macron”voiced his preoccupation concerning the destabilising activities of the Quds Force under the authority of Qasem Soleimani, also reiterated the need for Iran to end them now and abstain from any military escalation that may further aggravate regional instability,” based on a Elysee Palace following a call along with his American counterpart.
A joint announcement by London, Paris and Berlin insisted it is Iran that needs to de-escalate the anxieties and show a degree of restraint following the US airstrikes.A senior Commander in the Quds Force, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s foreign arm, has warned that British soldiers in the Middle East can become”collateral damage” in assault on US employees.
“Our forces will likely retaliate and target US troops in the Middle East without any concern about killing its allies, including UK troops, since this has turned into a fully fledged war with much collateral damage expected,” the commander told the Times.
“We are extremely clear and have recognized our goals and will fight the Americans”.”We request UK, the primary US ally, along with other western allies such as the Nato alliance, to not stand with this Trump regime, to prevent wider security damage in Iran’s answer as it conducts foreign military operations against the US after Soleimani’s assassination.” Read more