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World leaders advise Israel not to retaliate for the assault by Iran

While US President Joe Biden is hosting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al Sudani, a sign that Washington is favoring political dialogue with a nation whose militias have been attacking US bases in the region, the US is still signaling a de-escalation of tensions following Iran’s “Operation True Promise” against Israel in West Asia.

Along with his colleagues from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also talked with peers from the Defense Department and Saudi Arabia.

World leaders were also pleading with Israel not to strike back. In an interview on Monday, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that the UK was against a counterattack. According to French President Emmanuel Macron, his goal is to persuade Israel not to retaliate by intensifying the situation.

Due to concerns about a possible escalation of the war in West Asia, the local stock market dropped 1% on Monday. Similar signals also held sway in other international stock markets. Nonetheless, Iran seems eager to quell tensions abroad. On April 22, President Ebrahim Raisi will go to Pakistan, where he will have meetings with PM Shehbaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari. Recently, both countries launched missile assaults on one another and have been at odds about giving refuge to terrorists who are attacking the other nation.

There have been conflicting reports on the effectiveness of Iran’s rocket and drone assault on Saturday, which was launched in retaliation for the Israeli attack on its Consulate in Syria on April 1 that claimed the lives of seven military officials and six civilians. Tehran asserts that it stopped operations at an Israeli air force installation in the Negev desert. Conversely, Biden’s air defense suppliers claimed their troops had assisted Israel in shooting down “nearly all of the incoming drones and missiles.”

Hossein Amirabdollahian, the foreign minister of Iran, said visiting diplomats in Tehran that while his nation had followed international legal channels after Israel’s attack of its Syrian consulate, the UN Security Council had failed to “issue even a minimal statement.”

Even with the reassuring remarks made by global leaders, if Israel responded to Iran’s first-ever missile assault on its land with a strike of its own, there was still a risk of full-scale conflict. “Israel will exact a price from Iran in a way and time that suits us,” said Israeli War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz earlier. Additionally, the Supreme National Security Council of Iran has threatened to take “much harsher action” in reaction to any additional Israeli actions.

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