Romania’s foreign ministry calls for de-escalation of tensions in Middle East

Romania’s foreign ministry says it is “deeply concerned” about recent developments in the Middle East and called for a de-escalation of military action.

In a post on Twitter, the ministry said Romania had “strongly condemned” the attack of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and the consequent “protective and preventive measures,” by Washington

It did not explicitly refer to the killing of. To Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic.

He was killed early Friday in an airstrike in Baghdad. Thousands of people marched Saturday in a funeral procession through the Iraqi capital. 

U.S. President Donald Trump who ordered the killing tweeted that the U.S. would target 52 Iranian sites if Iran retaliates for the strike. 

The U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad was attacked on Dec. 31, 2019, by crowds protesting the American airstrikes against bases of Kataib Hezbollah, a Shiite militia, in Syria and Iraq.

The airstrikes were in retaliation after American troops were wounded and a contractor was killed in a rocket attack in Kirkuk on Dec. 27.

No diplomatic staff inside the embassy were injured. The U.S. was able to regain control by Jan. 1 after calling in Marine forces from Kuwait.

The attack further fueled tensions between the US and Iran, and led to the killing of Soleimani.

Romania’s foreign ministry said that “de-escalation is essential to avoid further deterioration of security situation.”

Romania, which is a member of NATO and the European, developed good relations with countries in the Middle East during the communist era, and managed to maintain ties with both Israel and Arab countries.

It has generally maintained good relations with countries in the region.

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