by Ian Shires on 6 January, 2020
Responding to reports of the death of General Qasem Soleimani by a US Air Strike, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:
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Iran is governed by a brutal regime which has been openly hostile to the west.
Donald Trump has yet again radically and recklessly escalated tensions in an area where peace-keeping was already on a knife edge.
There is a real danger this will stoke further conflict, undermining peace and stability in the region. Given the severity of the crisis, the Prime Minister must make a statement about the UK’s position immediately.
The UK should not automatically follow whatever position the Trump administration takes, but work with a broader group of concerned states at the United Nations.