April 14, 2024

Iran summons British, French, German ambassadors over reactions on Israel attack

Iran summons British, French, German ambassadors over reactions on Israel attack

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned on Sunday the ambassadors of Britain, France, and Germany to question what it referred to as their “irresponsible stance” regarding Tehran’s retaliatory strikes on Israel.

The three European countries have condemned Iran’s drone and missile attack against Israel, which went through Saturday night into Sunday and were in retaliation for Israel’s bombing of its consulate in Syria on April.

The director for Western Europe at Iran’s foreign ministry accused the three countries of “double standards” as they opposed earlier this month a Russian-drafted U.N. Security Council statement that would have condemned Israel’s attack on Iran’s embassy compound in Syria.

“Iran’s military action against the Zionist regime’s (Israel) bases is well within the framework of the right to legitimate defence stipulated in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter and it is in response to a series of crimes, including the recent attack on the embassy compound in Syria,” the official added.

The G7, which includes France, Germany and the United Kingdom, is expected to hold a video call later on Sunday to discuss Iran’s recent attack.

Speaking on the crisis, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Sunday that Iran’s overnight attack on Israel had taken the Middle East to the “edge of a precipice” and called for restraint.

She said Tehran had “plunged an entire region into chaos” and said the spiralling tensions needed to end.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz denounced a “grave escalation”, underlined Berlin’s “solidarity” with Israel and called for restraint, telling reporters during a visit to China that “we cannot but call on everyone, in particular Iran, to not continue along this path.”

On its side, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Sunday that British fighter jets had shot down Iranian attack drones during Tehran’s unprecedented missile and drone attack on Israel.

“I can confirm that our planes did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones,” Sunak said, confirming reports that Britain had helped Israel and other allies repel the strikes.

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