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Germany’s Baerbock urges ‘maximum restraint’ in the Middle East

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has called on Iran and Israel to show “maximum restraint” amid fears the Middle East conflict could develop into a major regional war.

“A spiral of escalation would serve no one,” Baerbock warned shortly after arriving on the Italian island of Capri, ahead of a meeting of the major industrialized democracies of the Group of Seven (G7).

She said further escalation would endanger Israel’s security, the lives of the dozens of hostages still held in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants, civilians in Gaza and the “many people in Iran who themselves are suffering under the regime.”

Regarding the recent Iranian attacks on Israel, Baerbock said the goal was to prevent “the very dangerous situation in the Middle East from turning into a regional conflagration.”

She added: “As the G7, we speak with one voice: all players in the region are called upon to exercise maximum restraint.”

Baerbock arrived in Capri from Israel on Wednesday, where she met top Israeli leaders as part of crisis diplomacy.

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