The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo - Reuters The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo - Reuters

Egypt calls for refraining from violence in Gulf area

Thu, Jan. 9, 2020
CAIRO - 9 January 2020: "Egypt called on all conflicting parties in the crisis of Iraq to refrain from violence and consider the dire consequences that could take place in the region," said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Wednesday.

"In deep concern, Egypt is following up the latest escalation in Iraq and the Gulf area," the statement added.

On Tuesday, Iran launched missiles at U.S.-led forces in Iraq, retaliating for the U.S. drone strike on Iranian Commander Qasem Soleimani, whose killing last week stoked fears of a new Middle East war.

According to Reuters, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the missile attack was a “slap on the face” of the United States and that U.S. troops should leave the region. He was addressing a gathering of Iranians who chanted “Death to America”.

"News about the Iranian missile attack on the U.S. base, Ain Assad, in Anbar, Western Iraq was leaked shortly before the execution, which allowed U.S. to take the necessary measures to protect its soldiers," an official source told Iraqi owned TV network Al-Sumaria News.

 
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