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Top US diplomat dials key allies amid rising Iran-Israel tensions


US diplomat Antony Blinken urges de-escalation as Iran-Israel tensions simmer

Escalating strains between Iran and Israel could destabilize the entire Middle East region. In an effort to prevent further conflict, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken placed important calls to some key allies over the past day.

According to reports, Blinken spoke with senior foreign ministers from Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia about the need for all sides to promote stability. Uncertainty grew after Iran accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on its consulate in Syria last week. Tehran has vowed retaliation for the attack that killed members of its paramilitary group.

Meanwhile, other global powers are amplifying calls for calm as well. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned Iran not to take actions raising the prospect of regional warfare. And at the White House, President Joe Biden reaffirmed ironclad US support for Israeli security amid Iranian threats. His administration wants a peaceful resolution to avoid armed clashes that could spiral out of control.

On the defense front, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin discussed Israeli military preparedness in a meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Both reaffirmed their nations' right to self-defense against potential aggressors. As tensions remain high, diplomatic channels stay active through intermediaries hoping to ease hostilities between these long-time adversaries.

The situation bears close watching as one wrong move could ignited a broader conflict. Cooler heads must prevail through open communication and an understanding of overlapping interests in Middle East stability.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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