The Russian Foreign Ministry, offering “sincere condolences to the Iranian people”, declared that the “killing” of the Iranian general was “a risky step that will lead to increased tensions in the region.“Russia further recalled that” Soleimani has faithfully served Iran’s interests. “
In France the call for “stability” in the Middle East, through Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs, who told RTL radio that we are “in a more dangerous world” and that “military escalation is always dangerous”.
Through Chinese diplomacy spokesman Geng Shuang, he urged “all parties, especially the United States, to remain calm and restrained to prevent further escalation of tension” as well as “respect” for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Iraq.
Iraq and Syria condemn “dangerous escalation”
Deploring the general’s death, Adel Abdelmahdi recalled that this attack violates the conditions and role of US forces in Iraq and, however, called on the parliament to convene an extraordinary session to “adopt necessary legislative and necessary measures to safeguard dignity, security and sovereignty of Iraq “.
“Cowardly US aggression” is as the Syrian Government describes the air strike that killed Qassem Soleimani. This operation “will only reinforce the determination to follow the lead of these resistance leaders,” said a source from the Foreign Ministry in Damascus, quoted by Sana.
Iran warns US and promises revenge
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s head of diplomacy, warned that this attack was an “extremely dangerous escalation”.
The US ‘act of international terrorism, targeting & murdering General Soleimani — The most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda and others — is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.
The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.
– Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 3, 2020
Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, also responded by declaring three days of national mourning and promising that the death of the Iranian general, regarded as an “international symbol of resistance”, will be avenged.
“Martyrdom is the reward for tireless work all these years. God willing, your work and your way will not end here. Ruthless revenge awaits the criminals who have filled their hands with their blood and the blood of other martyrs “said Ali Khamenei, quoted by France-Presse (AFP).
The flag of General Soleimani in defense of the territorial nation integrity and the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region will be raised, and the path of resistance to US excesses will continue. The great nation of Iran will take revenge for this heinous crime.
– Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 3, 2020
In a statement, Hassan Rouhani said the “martyr” General Soleimani “left the heart of the Iranian nation and all the nations of the region mourning.”
Hassan al-Kaabi, the Iraqi parliament’s vice-president, stressed that it was “time to end US recklessness and ignorance,” adding that Saturday’s session would be devoted to “decisions to end the US presence in Iraq.” Iraq”.
In the airstrike at Baghdad International Airport, Qassem Soleimani was killed and the ‘number two’ of the coalition of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, known as Popular Mobilization.
C / Lusa