France says world ‘more dangerous’ after US killing of Qasem Soleimani

Updated on Aug 17, 2020 02:37 AM IST

The United States confirmed it was responsible for an airstrike early Friday that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, ratcheting up the proxy war between the two powers.

Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran. He was killed in an airstrike by the US earlier today.(AP Photo)
Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran. He was killed in an airstrike by the US earlier today.(AP Photo)
Paris | ByPress Trust of India

The US killing of a top Iranian military commander has made the world “more dangerous,” France’s Europe minister said Friday, calling for efforts to de-escalate the deepening conflict in the Middle East.

“We have woken up to a more dangerous world,” Amelie de Montchalin told RTL radio, saying President Emmanuel Macron would consult soon with “players in the region.” The United States confirmed it was responsible for an airstrike early Friday that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, ratcheting up the proxy war between the two powers.

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“In such operations, when we can see an escalation is underway, but what we want above all is stability and de-escalation,” Montchalin said.

“All of France’s efforts... in all parts of the world aim to ensure that we are creating the conditions for peace or at least stability,” she added.

“Our role is not to take sides, but to talk with everyone,” Montchalin said.

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