EU countries concerned about the consequences of US air strikes in Iraq and Syria

EU countries concerned about the consequences of US air strikes in Iraq and Syria
EU countries concerned about the consequences of US air strikes in Iraq and Syria
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Current EU President Belgium asks the United States not to strike back unchecked and not to further inflame the Middle East. EU foreign chief Josep Borrell also warns against escalation and insists on restraint.

Self-control

“We ask for self-control,” said Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib before the start of consultations with her EU colleagues in Brussels. “We know that violence is never an answer.” The attacks are ‘a major concern’. Lahbib does not want to say whether she is disappointed in the US, because Belgium, as chairman of the EU countries, has to act diplomatically. But she will discuss the issue with the foreign ministers of the other EU countries.

Borrell did not mention the US in so many words, but did emphasize that everyone must guard against escalation. After all, the Middle East is a powder keg, he said upon arrival.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hanke Bruins Slot is counting on the US. “President Biden said he doesn’t want to escalate, and that’s important.”

Oil on the fire

The Syrian Foreign Ministry says the United States must immediately stop its attacks, because they are adding fuel to the conflict in the region.

Iraqi authorities today reported sixteen deaths, including civilians. They call the U.S. claim that the U.S. informed them before the airstrikes “lies.” According to Baghdad, the airstrikes endanger security throughout Iraq.

Neighboring country Iran believes that the attacks violate international law and saddle the entire region with even more tension and instability.

The article is in Dutch

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