Soleimani assassination: First reactions from Athens

Soleimani assassination: First reactions from Athens

The Greek government considers stability in the region and the avoidance of an escalation “that could endanger it” to be its priority, as the Government spokesman straightforwardly stressed during the briefing of the political authors on the execution of Iranian Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

Just 24 hours before the Trump-Mitsotakis official meeting in Washington, and just one day after the official signing of the agreement on the EastMed gas pipeline, the burst of the latest dangerous fire in the Middle East with broader geopolitical implications did not slip Athens’ attention.

SYRIZA underlines the need to ease tensions through dialogue and respect for international law, in a statement issued after Qasem Soleimani was assassinated by US military forces in Baghdad.

As the main opposition party in Greece points out, the execution of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani by US military forces constitutes a dangerous “act that further intensifies the destabilizing climate in Iraq and the wider region of the Middle East”.

SYRIZA points out the need for rationality and calmness which should prevail during these critical moments, in order for tensions to subside. Meanwhile, the party underlines that the international community should support “the intensive dialogue between the parties and forces involved” but also promote “respect for international law”, which according to SYRIZA “is the only way to resolve long-standing issues that affect the area”. /ibna