New Delhi: Tensions in the Middle East has reached a crescendo after the United States conducted an airstrike at Baghdad airport which killed the topmost Iranian commander General Qasem Soleimani. The world fears an Iranian backlash which could lead to disastrous consequences across the region and to the world.
Meanwhile, India has advocated for restraint to contain the situation. The External Affairs Ministry said, “We have noted that a senior Iranian leader has been killed by the US. Increase in tension has alarmed the world. Peace and security in this region is of utmost importance to India. It is vital that situation doesn’t escalate. India has consistently advocated restraint and continues to do so.”
Iran has dubbed the US airstrike “international terrorism” and said that the move was extremely dangerous and foolish escalation. Iran has also given a veiled threat against the US indicating a coming retaliation.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the killing of Soleimani was a defensive action and that US was committed to de-escalation after the incident.
Iran’s Supreme Leader has appointed Soleimani’s deputy as the new commander of the elite Quds Force.