January 3, 2020 / 10:20 AM / a month ago

Britain urges de-escalation after U.S. killing of Iran's Soleimani

Conservative Party candidate Dominic Raab arrives at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Esher, Britain, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Radburn

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Friday urged all parties to de-escalate after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

“We have always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qasem Soleimani. Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is in none of our interests,” he said in an emailed statement.

The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also called for de-escalation, and urged Britain to “stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States.”

Reporting by William James, editing by David Milliken

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