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UAE, Turkey Condemn Killing of Iranian Nuclear Scientist

UAE, Turkey Condemn Killing of Iranian Nuclear Scientist

Monday, 30 November, 2020 - 06:15
In this picture released by the Iranian Defense Ministry and taken on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, people pray over the coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during a funeral in Mashhad, Iran. (AP)

The United Arab Emirates condemned on Sunday the killing of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and called on all parties to exercise self-restraint to avoid sliding the region into new levels of instability.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stressed that “the state of instability our region is currently going through, and the security challenges it faces, drive us all to work towards averting acts that could lead to escalation and eventually threaten the stability of the entire region.”

In a statement carried by the state news agency (WAM), the Ministry said that “emanating from its deep conviction on the need to pursue all means for stability in the region, it condemns the heinous assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which could further fuel conflict in the region.”

"Given the current situation in the region, the UAE calls upon all parties to exercise maximum degrees of self-restraint to avoid dragging the region into new levels of instability and threat to peace," the Ministry added.

Turkey echoed the concerns, condemning the “heinous assassination” and calling for the perpetrators of the attack to be held accountable.

The foreign ministry also urged “all sides to act with common sense and restraint” in the wake of the killing of Fakhrizadeh, who Western and Israeli governments believe was the architect of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader promised to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.

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