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Latest developments in Iraq: attacks on US bases by Iran

Italy follows with particular concern the latest developments in Iraq and condemns the attack by Tehran on two bases housing coalition soldiers. This is a serious act that increases tension in an already critical and very delicate context.

“The first thought goes to our soldiers engaged in the country, to whom we express our sympathy and gratitude. We reiterate our firm appeal to all actors to exercise restraint and refrain from further mutual provocation. Instead, political and diplomatic efforts must be intensified to normalise the situation and restore security in the area. The military option cannot be accepted in any way. Further instability in the region will have direct and long-term consequences on security on a global scale. We are faced with common and more serious threats, starting with violent extremism and terrorism, which take advantage of tense situations to emerge more forcefully, posing a risk to us all. Italy is ready, in coordination with its European partners, to support any action that can foster dialogue and constructive confrontation in the Gulf region”. This is how the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi di Maio spoke regarding the attacks on US bases in Iraq.