European Union urges 'de-escalation' after USA killing of Iran commander Soleimani

European Union urges 'de-escalation' after USA killing of Iran commander Soleimani

European Union urges 'de-escalation' after USA killing of Iran commander Soleimani

Soleimani was the head of the Iranian elite quds and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic world.

'We've each expectation that individuals not exclusively in Iraq however in Iran will view the American motion final night time as giving them freedom, ' Pompeo informed CNN Friday morning.

The Quds Force is a unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps specializing in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations. While India stopped importing oil from Iran past year following a new set of USA sanctions after Washington pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, countries in the volatile region - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - are important sources of fuel for import dependent India.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas echoed the United Nations chief saying, "A further escalation that sets the whole region on fire needs to be prevented". Qatar, which shares a massive underwater gas field with Iran, also called for restraint in a Foreign Ministry statement.

Borrell said he also urged Zarif to maintain the landmark nuclear accord negotiated between Iran and the UN Security Council permanent members - Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States - plus Germany. After the death of an American contractor in rocket attacks on a U.S. base in Iraq, U.S. forces carried out a series of strikes against the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group in Iraq. The increase in tension has alarmed the world. Reaffirmed our shared interest in the stability and security of the Gulf.

"I reiterated the importance of countering the Iranian regime's destabilising activities", he said.

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was then attacked by a large crowd of protesters Tuesday.

"Doing nothing in this region shows weakness". "We don't seek war with Iran, but we at the same time are not going to stand by and watch the Iranians escalate". On the contrary, it leads to a new wave of escalation.

High Representative Borrell confirmed his willingness to continue to be the coordinator for the nuclear non-proliferation deal.

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