Amid growing violence, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna has asked Iran to cease its “destabilizing actions” in the Middle East and warned of the possibility of a “regional conflagration”. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
In a post on the social media platform X, Colonna claimed to have sent her Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian a “very clear message” on Sunday over the phone.
“The risk of regional conflagration has never been so significant; Iran and its associates must immediately stop their destabilizing actions,” she wrote. “No one would gain from escalation.”
According to Al Jazeera, The call comes as the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen have intensified their attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea, which the rebel group says is a way of putting pressure on the international community to end the war in Gaza.
Iran-linked militias have also been launching rockets and drones at US military bases and personnel in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks, in retaliation for US airstrikes against them.
The US and its allies have accused Iran of supporting the attacks and violating the 2015 nuclear deal, which has been hanging by a thread since former President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks and insisted that it is committed to the nuclear deal, but has demanded that the US lift all sanctions before returning to the negotiating table.
The talks, which began in Vienna in April, have stalled since June, with no date set for the next round. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>