The reaction from around the world has raised deep concern over the killing of Iranian central commander Qasem Soleimani in a US attack on Iraq on Friday.
Global leaders are appealing for the parties to show restraint.
According to Russian news agencies, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement that “Soleimani’s death is a risky step that will increase tensions in the region.” Sulaimani defended Iran’s interests. We extend our sincere condolences to the Iranian nation. ”
“China opposes the use of force in global relations,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a press briefing. We urge the relevant sides, especially the United States, to exercise patience so as to avoid further tensions. ”
French Minister of European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin told French radio that French President Emmanuel Macron will consult with countries in the region.
According to Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the US attack, which also targeted an Iraqi commander, was an “aggression” that could lead to a “devastating war.”
“The attack killed Iraqi military commander, who held office, is offensive to Iraq, the state of Iraq, the Iraqi government and the people,” his statement said.
Pakistan has expressed deep concern over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian-backed Quds Force in the US airstrike, calling on all parties to show restraint.
“Pakistan is deeply concerned over recent progress in the Middle East which poses a serious threat to peace and stability in the region,” the Foreign Office statement said.
#Pakistan has viewed with deep concern the recent developments in the Middle East, which seriously threaten peace and stability in the region.
Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which should be adhered to.
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan (@ForeignOfficePk) January 3, 2020
Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike near the airport in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Iran later threatened dangerous consequences for the US attack on Baghdad airport, vowing to take revenge on the United States over the death of General Qasem Soleimani.