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India calls for restraint after Iran general killed in US strike

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January 03, 2020 20:26 IST
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Reacting to the killing of a top Iranian commander by the United States, India on Friday said the increase in tension has alarmed the world and asserted that peace, stability and security in the region is of utmost importance to it.

IMAGE: Shia Muslims from Srinagar carry photographs of the killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani as they take part in a protest against the US air strike on Iraq military base. Photograph: PTI Photo

In a statement, the external affairs ministry said India has consistently advocated restraint and continues to do so and it is vital that the situation does not escalate further.

General Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon announced.

 

The head of Iran's elite al-Quds force and architect of its regional security apparatus was killed when the drone fired missiles into a convoy that was leaving the Baghdad International Airport early on Friday.

The deputy chief of Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force and some local Iran-backed militias were also killed in the strike.

In its statement, the external affairs ministry said, "The increase in tension has alarmed the world. Peace, stability and security in this region is of utmost importance to India."

The ministry also said that it is "vital that the situation does not escalate further. India has consistently advocated restraint and continues to do so".

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