Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, January 4? The U.S. launched a rocket attack on Iraq's capital Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, including Qasim Suleimani, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard unit, the Al-Quds Brigade. In a statement issued on the same day, the countries urged all parties to maintain calm and restraint and to avoid further escalation of tensions.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the same day to discuss the situation in the Middle East, the French presidential office said in a news release. France and Russia agreed to maintain close communication in the coming days and called for restraint. Macron also reiterated to Putin that France respects Iraq's sovereignty and security and is committed to maintaining regional stability. Macron and Erdogan shared their concern about the escalation of tensions in the Middle East, arguing that it is necessary to avoid a dangerous escalation.
Britain's foreign minister, mr. rabb, said mr. sulimani's armed forces posed an offensive threat, and after his death, britain called on all sides to demote the conflict,\" further conflict is not in our interests \".
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent condolences to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani over Suleimani's death in a U.S. military attack, saying he will \"continue to resist U.S. destructive policies in the region,\" Syrian news agency reported. Mr bashar also said the attack showed the united states was \"continuing to support terrorism, spreading chaos and instability \".
Syria has expressed \"full sympathy and solidarity\" with Iraq and Iran, strongly condemned the U.S. attacks, and the U.S. is responsible for the instability in Iraq.
Qatar's foreign ministry said in a statement that the death of Suleimani in a U.S. military attack escalated tensions in Iraq and could even lead to unimaginable results. The statement calls on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and avoid a cycle of violence in the Middle East, and calls on the international community to fulfil its responsibilities towards the Middle East.
Lebanon's foreign ministry said in a statement that the Lebanese side closely followed the attack in Baghdad and condemned the assassination of Suleimani and others. The statement stressed that the attack was a \"dangerous escalation\" against Iran and would increase regional tensions. Instead of seeking violence and force, Lebanon advocates dialogue.
In addition, the United States Embassy in Lebanon reminded citizens in Lebanon that in view of the current high level of tension in Iraq and the region, high vigilance should be maintained, the website and media coverage of the United States Embassy should be followed closely, and vigilance should be maintained in some places where Westerners often go.
U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the attack on Suleimani to deter Iran and eliminate its plans for future attacks, the Department of Defense said.
Following the attack, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq closed and suspended consular services while urging all U.S. citizens to leave Iraq immediately. (Participants: Wang Jian, Zheng Yihan, Xu Yongchun, Yang Yuanyong, Li Liangyong, Gui Tao)