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Germany: Middle East cannot slide into unpredictable situation

April 17, 2024 at 4:23 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (L) in West Jerusalem in April 17, 2024 [Israeli Government Press Office – Anadolu Agency]

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said she made clear during talks in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others that the Middle East must not be allowed to slide into a situation whose outcome is completely unpredictable, Reuters reports.

“Everyone must now act prudently and responsibly,” said Baerbock before departing Israel today for a G7 meeting that she said would discuss Iran sanctions.

Baerbock was visiting Israel for the seventh time since 7 October to aid in efforts to de-escalate tensions since Iran’s retaliatory weekend attack on Israel.

“Because that would serve no one, not Israel’s security, not the many dozens of hostages still in the hands of Hamas, not the suffering population of Gaza, not the many people in Iran who are themselves suffering under the regime, and not the third countries in the region who simply want to live in peace.”

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