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Rishi Sunak spent part of Sunday speaking with G7 leaaders

Rishi Sunak spent a part of Sunday talking with G7 leaaders (Image: No10)

World leaders have raced to de-escalate tensions within the Middle East following Iran’s drone and missile blitz on Israel.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke with leaders of the G7 nations on Sunday to seek out an “urgent diplomatic response”as international condemnation of the assaults mounted.

In an announcement, the G7 leaders mentioned they “unequivocally condemn in the strongest terms” Iran’s “direct and unprecedented” assault towards Israel.

It continued: “Iran fired hundreds of drones and missiles towards Israel. Israel, with the help of its partners, defeated the attack. We express our full solidarity and support to Israel and its people and reaffirm our commitment towards its security.

“With its actions, Iran has further stepped toward the destabilisation of the region and risks provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilise the situation and avoid further escalation. In this spirit, we demand that Iran and its proxies cease their attacks, and we stand ready to take further measures now and in response to further destabilising initiatives.

“We will also strengthen our cooperation to end the crisis in Gaza, including by continuing to work towards an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and the release of hostages by Hamas, and deliver increased humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in need.”

Joe Biden, who was on the decision, has reportedly instructed Benjamin Netanyahu that the US wouldn’t take part in any Israeli counterattack towards Iran regardless of help for Israel being “ironclad”.

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The US President reportedly mentioned: “You got a win. Take the win.”

Mr Biden was understood to have instructed the Israeli Prime Minister {that a} response was pointless, two senior US officers mentioned.

White House nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby instructed how the US will proceed to assist Israel defend itself however doesn’t need conflict with Iran.

He mentioned: “We don’t seek escalated tensions in the region. We don’t seek a wider conflict.”

Meanwhile thousands of Iranians took to the streets to celebrate the attack on Israel by chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America”

Iran’s firing of more than 300 drones and missiles came in retaliation for an April 1 strike that levelled the five-storey consular annexe of the Iranian embassy in Damascus that killed seven Revolutionary Guards, two of them generals.

The Iranian envoy to the United Nations said on Sunday that “the problem could be thought-about closed.”

It additionally warned the US to “stay away” from the escalating battle between the 2 international locations.

The envoy mentioned: “If the Israeli regime makes another mistake, the response of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be considerably more severe.

“This is a battle between Iran and the rogue regime of Israel, and America ought to keep away from it.”

Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf also warned Israel of “harsher responses” if there is counteraction to Sunday’s aerial bombardment.

But Itamar Ben Gvir, the Israeli minister for national security, said Israel must go “berserk” in response to Iran’s attack.

He warned Israel “should not be wimpish”.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization condemned Iran’s attack against Israel and called for “restraint.”

NATO spokeswoman Farah Dakhlallah mentioned: “We condemn Iran’s overnight escalation, call for restraint, and are monitoring developments closely.

“It is vital that the conflict in the Middle East does not spiral out of control.”

Pope Francis urged regional leaders to keep away from additional escalations within the Middle East, and referred to as on all nations to “take the side of peace.”

He additionally referred to as for a two-state resolution for Israelis and Palestinians.

The Pope mentioned: “I make a heartfelt appeal for a halt to any action that might fuel a spiral of violence, with the risk of dragging the Middle East into an even greater conflict.

“No one should threaten the existence of others,” he said. “No more war, no more attacks, no more violence, yes to dialogue and yes to peace.”

Saudi Arabia also called for “maximum restraint”.

In the UK, Health Secretary Victoria Atkins said the Government is putting “all of our efforts” into de-escalation in the Middle East, saying no one wants to see a “miscalculation or an escalation.”

Veteran and Tory MP Sarah Atherton MP urged for “calm on all sides” to avoid further bloodshed.

She said: “It is deeply worrying that this has happened bringing further instability to the Middle East. Israeli defence systems have again proven effective, saving many lives.

“The deployment of further RAF aircraft, reinforcing the capability of ‘Operation Shader’, which is the UK’s existing counter-Daesh operation in Iraq and Syria, will provide international support to stabilise the region.

“I would now urge calm on all sides to avoid further bloodshed and for diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability in the region.”

Labour backed the UK Government action taken overnight to help protect Israel.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: “We also think that it is important that action was taken overnight to prevent the Iranian strikes on Israel because we should be clear that if action hadn’t been taken to prevent those strikes, we would have seen further escalation and further risk of widening conflict.”

The deputy chair of the Conservative Party Rachel Maclean insisted the RAF and Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron are working to prevent “additional escalation”.