“Frankly, the Europeans haven’t been as helpful as I wish that they could be. The Brits, the French, the Germans—all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans dad, saved lives in Europe as well,” Pompeo told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
In the aftermath of the drone attack, spokeswoman for German chancellor Angela Merkel, Ulrike Demmer said: “We are at a dangerous point of escalation. It is now important through prudence and restraint to contribute to de-escalation.”
British foreign secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement: “We have always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qassem Soleimani. Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is in none of our interests.”
French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin told RTL radio: “What is happening is what we feared: Tensions between the United States and Iran are increasing,” adding “We have woken up to a more dangerous world,” according to Al Jazeera.
The United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres said in a statement: “This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf.”
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