Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson have stressed the importance of supporting a coalition to fight IS.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an end to the outbreak of violence in Iraq and stressed the importance of supporting the international coalition to fight the Islamic State. This is stated in a joint statement of the leaders of the three countries, which was published on Twitter on January 5 by the official representative of the German Cabinet Steffen Seibert.
“We condemn the recent attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and are deeply concerned about the negative role that Iran has played in the region, in particular with the help of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Al-Quds detachment under the command of General Suleimani,” the politicians said.
According to them, it is now crucial to stop the escalation of tensions.
We call on the parties to exercise maximum restraint and a sense of responsibility. The outbreak of violence in Iraq must be stopped. In particular, we call on Iran to refrain from further display of violence and support for such actions.
They also called on Tehran to provide the necessary support for the U.S.-led anti-terrorist coalition.
“We emphasize our support for Iraq’s sovereignty and security. We also reaffirm our commitment to continue the fight against IS. This continues to be given a high priority. Maintaining the coalition in this regard is important. We call on the Iraqi state authorities to continue to provide the necessary support to the coalition,” the document reads.
EU leaders added that they will continue to work with all parties “to reduce tensions in the region and ensure security.”
Earlier, the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted to end its foreign military presence in the country and withdraw a request to the international anti-terrorist coalition for assistance to fight IS.
Recall, the situation in Iraq sharply escalated after the U.S. conducted an operation near the airport of Baghdad on January 3, which resulted in the death of Iranian General Kasem Suleimani.
The missile strike on the convoy, which was followed by the military commander, was carried out on Trump’s personal order.
Iran stressed that the U.S. actions are tantamount to waging war and promised revenge.