Amid drone strikes within each other’s territories by Iran and Pakistan, numerous world leaders are calling for restraint. The White House has cautioned against escalation, while the United Nations and the European Union (EU) express concerns about the broader implications for the entire region.
Pakistan launched strikes on a terrorist hideout in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province on Thursday, responding two days after Tehran targeted bases of a militant group in the Panjgur district of Balochistan.
US President Joe Biden stated at the White House that the airstrikes by both countries indicated Iran’s lack of popularity in the region. He mentioned that the United States is closely monitoring the situation and trying to understand its development.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby emphasized the need to avoid escalation, considering both nations are well-armed. He mentioned that the US is in touch with Pakistani officials and condemned Iran’s initial attack on Pakistan.
The State Department urged restraint from all sides, recognizing Pakistan’s statements on cooperative relations with neighbors as productive. Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for maximum restraint and emphasized addressing security concerns through peaceful means.
In Brussels, the EU expressed deep concern about the “spiral of violence” and the attacks violating the sovereignty of countries. The Taliban foreign ministry in Kabul urged Iran and Pakistan to exercise restraint, emphasizing the resolution of disputes through diplomacy and dialogue.