China, UK appeal for calm.
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China on Friday appealed for restraint from all sides, “especially the United States”, after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Iraq.
“We urge the relevant sides, especially the United States, to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalating tensions,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing.
Britain urges de-escalation
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Friday urged all parties to de-escalate after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.
“We have always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qasem Soleimani. Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is in none of our interests,” he said in an emailed statement.
Israeli PM Netanyahu expresses support for US killing of Qassem Soleimani.