Venezuela Urges Respect for International Law After US Attack in Iraq (Communique)

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela condemned the military attack perpetrated by the United States government (USA) in the early hours of Friday near Baghdad Airport, Iraq, in which the Iranian commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qassem Soleimani was killed. Through a statement published by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, on his Twitter account, Venezuela urged the community to respect international law and preserve peace in the Persian Gulf.

“It is an action that clearly raises tensions in the region, without any basis in International Law, launched directly against a military chief and a group of high-ranking officials from a sovereign country, who were in a conflict zone”, the statement said.

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Here is the full text:

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its firm condemnation of the attack carried out at the dawn of January 3 by United States military forces in the vicinity of the Baghdad Airport, Republic of Iraq, in which the Commander of the Quds Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran, Major General Qassem Soleimani, was assesinated.

It is an action that clearly raises tensions in the region, without any basis in International Law, launched directly against a military chief and a group of high-ranking officials from a sovereign country, who were in a conflict zone.

The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela regrets the deaths caused and transmits its feelings of condolence and solidarity to the peoples and governments of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq, while calling for respect to Public International Law and so that all the actors involved contribute to preserving peace in the Middle East.

Caracas, January 03, 2020

Featured image: Photo: Agencies

Source URL: Alba Ciudad

Translated by JRE/EF

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