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Israel-Iran tensions a matter of deep concern, worries all: S Jaishankar

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India was constantly monitoring the situation in the region and had advised its citizens to exercise caution.

In Short

  • S Jaishankar expresses ‘deep concern’ over Iran-Israel conflict
  • Calls on both countries for immediate de-escalation in tensions
  • India advises citizens to not travel to either Israel or Iran

Following Iran’s onslaught of missiles and drone strikes on Israel on Sunday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar demanded an immediate de-escalation. He described the circumstances as a “matter of deep concern” as well. Jaishankar made these comments in response to Iran damaging an air base by firing hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles straight into Israel from Iranian soil.

“It is a matter of deep concern because it represents an escalation in this situation, something which worries all of us,” S. Jaishankar stated in an exclusive interview with India Today.

“Since the attack on Israel on October 7, we have been concerned about the situation there. It is quite concerning that it is now escalating into other dimensions and zones. We are particularly invested in that area,” he continued.

India has cautioned its residents and is continuously monitoring the situation in the region.

“At this time, we have recommended against visiting Iran or Israel. Those who are already there have been warned to exercise extreme caution. At this point, it makes sense to take that action. We’ll keep an eye on the situation and take necessary action, including issuing advisories, if needed, Jaishankar told India Today.

The Iranian drone attack on Israeli territory on Sunday was a significant step forward in the two countries’ ongoing shadow war.

According to US President Joe Biden, Israel was assisted in downing “nearly all the incoming drones and missiles” by the nation. Following the Iranian attack, Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke over the phone before he made his speech.

Among other countries, the US, UK, Germany, Argentina, and France have denounced the Iranian attack on Israel. Additionally, India urged the two nations to “exercise restraint.”

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