A view of Iran’s Foreign Ministry building in the capital, Tehran

Iran Summons European Envoys Over Response To Strikes On Israel

Sunday, 04/14/2024

The Iranian foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France, and Germany over their condemnation of the regime's drone and missile strikes on Israel.

The ministry's director for western Europe, Majid Nili Ahmadabadi, accused the three European states of showing "double standards", referring to their rejection of a Russian draft at the UN Security Council to condemn Israel over its alleged airstrike on an Iranian consulate in Syria earlier this month.

"Iran's military action against the Zionist regime's [Israeli] bases is well within the framework of the right to legitimate defense stipulated in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter and it is in response to a series of crimes, including the recent attack on the embassy compound in Syria," the official told the Iranian Labor News Agency. The strike in Damascus killed two commanders and several other IRGC personnel.

The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock responded quickly after the attacks were launched from Iran on Saturday night, the country's first direct strike towards Israel, claiming that the Iranian bombardment of over 350 projectiles towards the Jewish state had brought the Middle East "to the edge of a precipice". She said Tehran had "plunged an entire region into chaos".

French President Emmanuel Macron was also quick to condemn Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel. “I condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented attack launched by Iran,” he wrote on X. “I express my solidarity with the Israeli people and France's commitment to the security of Israel, our partners, and regional stability,” he added.

According to the Israeli military spokesman, France was also involved in the coalition helping thwart the Iranian onslaught. Daniel Hagari said France "has very good technology and jets and radars, and they were contributing in patrolling in airspace".

In the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak revealed that British fighter jets had shot down Iranian drones. "I can confirm our planes did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones," he said, underscoring that Britain had taken an active role in helping Israel and other allies push back the strikes.

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