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Western European leaders condemn Iran and warn of escalation in the Middle East

Western European leaders condemned Iran’s direct attack on Israel in sharp terms on Sunday, while warning of an escalation of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

French president Emmanuel Macron said the attack threatened to destabilize the region. “France is working with its partners to de-escalate and calls for restraint,” he wrote on X.

Macron expressed his solidarity with the Israeli people and emphasized the importance of Israeli security to France.

According to Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), France helped repel the Iranian airstrikes by providing airspace monitoring.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “We are extremely concerned about further destabilization in the region and continue to work to prevent this.” Italy, which currently chairs the G7, has organized a video conference of G7 leaders for Sunday afternoon.

The comments follow German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who condemned Iranian airstrikes on Israel “in the strongest possible terms” as he landed in China for an official visit.

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“Iran risks a regional conflagration with this irresponsible and unjustifiable attack,” government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said after the chancellor’s arrival in the economic metropolis of Chongqing.

“In these difficult hours, Germany stands closely by Israel’s side.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the situation in the Middle East very worrying and also expressed his concerns about a possible escalation.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo called on all parties to exercise restraint. “Iran is a known sponsor of state terrorism,” he wrote on X.

De Croo called for an “immediate ceasefire” in the region. Belgium is increasingly critical of Israeli policy in the Gaza Strip.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris called the Iranian attack “reckless” and urged all parties to show restraint and avoid escalation. Ireland is among the harshest critics of Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

Irish Foreign Minister Michel Martin has called for a two-state solution and indicated that Ireland is preparing to recognize a Palestinian state, a move rejected by Israeli leaders.

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Annalena Baerbock, the German Foreign Minister, makes a statement at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the Iranian attack on Israel.  For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic, Iran had directly attacked its arch-enemy Israel overnight.  Fabian Sommer/dpa

Annalena Baerbock, the German Foreign Minister, makes a statement at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the Iranian attack on Israel. For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic, Iran had directly attacked its arch-enemy Israel overnight. Fabian Sommer/dpa

A drone is launched in an undisclosed area in Iran as Iran launches dozens of drones towards Israel.  Tasnim News Agancy/ZUMA Press Wire/dpaA drone is launched in an undisclosed area in Iran as Iran launches dozens of drones towards Israel.  Tasnim News Agancy/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

A drone is launched in an undisclosed area in Iran as Iran launches dozens of drones towards Israel. Tasnim News Agancy/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

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