Rishi Sunak condemns Iran’s ‘reckless’ drone attack and says UK stands with Israel

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Israeli people
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Israeli people

Rishi Sunak has condemned Iran’s “reckless” attack against Israel in the “strongest terms” and said Britain will “stand up for Israel’s security”.

The Prime Minister said that the strikes risked “destabilising” the Middle East and that the UK would work with its allies to “prevent further escalation”.

In a statement released on Saturday night, Mr Sunak said: “I condemn in the strongest terms the Iranian regime’s reckless attack against Israel.

“These strikes risk inflaming tensions and destabilising the region. Iran has once again demonstrated that it is intent on sowing chaos in its own backyard.

“The UK will continue to stand up for Israel’s security and that of all our regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq.

“Alongside our allies, we are urgently working to stabilise the situation and prevent further escalation. No one wants to see more bloodshed.”

Earlier in the day, Lord Cameron, the Foreign Secretary, said that he had spoken to Israeli minister Benny Gantz to “discuss our shared concerns about Iranian threats to attack Israel”.

The Foreign Secretary wrote on Twitter:

Lord Cameron had formally warned Iran against attacking Israel last week.

On Thursday, he said he had told Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s foreign minister, “that Iran must not draw the Middle East into a wider conflict”.

He said he was “deeply concerned about the potential for miscalculation leading to further violence”.

Responding to the news of Iran’s attack, Alicia Kearns, the chairman of the Commons foreign affairs select committee, said it was a “very dangerous moment”.

“Iran often presents its activities as in response to a humiliation, in this case the bombing of its consulate,” she said.

“Usually its response is limited to a singular activity they believe to be proportional to the slight suffered, but this feels different.

“Let us hope the attack is averted and no lives are lost, de-escalation is vital for the sake of the whole region.”