NIn a joint statement, the leaders of Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Germany and Canada, in addition to those of the European Union (EU), stated that, “with its actions, Iran has taken another step towards destabilization of the region and risks causing an uncontrollable regional escalation”.

“This situation must be avoided”, they argued, at the end of the meeting chaired by the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni.

The Middle East is experiencing a moment of tension after Iran launched more than 300 drones, missiles and ballistic missiles last night, in the first attack of its kind on Israel from Iranian soil, pending a possible Israeli response.

“We, the leaders of the G7, unequivocally condemn, in the strongest terms, Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel. Iran fired hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel. Israel, with the help of its partners, defeated the attack “, the statement reads.

The leaders, who met for less than an hour, also expressed “full solidarity and support for Israel and its people” and reaffirmed “commitment to its security”.

“We demand that Iran and its agents cease their attacks and we stand ready to take further action now and in response to new destabilizing initiatives,” they added.

MEPs also pledged to strengthen their cooperation “to put an end to the crisis in Gaza, including by continuing to work towards an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and the release of Hamas hostages, and by providing greater humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in need “.

The Italian presidency of the G7 had called the meeting after US President Joe Biden said this morning that he would request a group meeting to coordinate a diplomatic response, after having promised his support for Israel, although in the last hours has expressed its opposition to participating in an offensive, which could lead Tel Aviv to avoid a response for the moment.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned today that Israel will defeat Iran, in his first public message after the attack, while Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that the Revolutionary Guards taught Israel a lesson with the missile attacks and drones last night and warned the Jewish state not to respond.

From Wednesday to Friday, the foreign ministers of the G7, the group of the richest countries in the world, will meet on the Italian island of Capri, with the situation in the Middle East as their top priority.

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