January 4, 2020 / 9:33 AM / 18 days ago

Egypt appeals against escalation in Iraq following US strike - statement

Mourners gesture as they attend the funeral of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, top commander of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, and the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, Iraq, January 4, 2020. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it was following developments in Iraq with great concern and appealed against any further escalation.

The statement came after a U.S. air strike that killed the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.

“The Foreign Ministry is following with great concern accelerating developments in Iraq, which augur an escalation it is important to avoid,” the statement said.

“For this reason, Egypt calls for containing the situation and avoiding any escalation.”

Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Jon Boyle

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