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Poland condemns Iran's attacks on Israel

15.04.2024 07:30
Poland’s foreign ministry has condemned a retaliatory attack by Iran on Israel and called on Iran and its allies to "exercise restraint and immediately cease hostilities."
The Polish foreign ministry building in Warsaw.
The Polish foreign ministry building in Warsaw.Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

"Poland condemns in strongest terms the attacks launched by Iran on Israel," the Polish foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

"We urge Iran and its allies to exercise restraint and immediately cease hostilities," it added.

Iran launched explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in a retaliatory strike that raised the threat of a wider regional conflict in the Middle East, according to news reports.

However, the attack by more than 300 missiles and drones, mostly launched from inside Iran, caused only modest damage in Israel as most were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome defence system and with help from the United States, Britain, France and Jordan, the Reuters news agency reported.

Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said in an X post: "Bravo, Israel, for repelling a huge Iranian aerial assault, coordinated from several directions."

He added: "Israel’s anti-missile capabilities should be strengthened and similar defences should be sent to Ukraine."

Sikorski also urged US House Speaker Mike Johnson to "let the House vote" on the long-stalled "Israel and Ukraine support bill."

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on X on Sunday that "the situation in the Middle East does not currently pose a direct threat to Poland."

"But the world is on the brink," Tusk warned. "Therefore, the Polish state must be strong … with a well-prepared army and a stable international position. Safety comes first.”

The Government Information Centre (CIR) said in a message: "Iran's attack on Israel does not currently pose a direct threat to Poland. However, the government strongly condemns the developments the Middle East."

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said on Sunday that Polish peacekeeping troops and personnel in Lebanon were safe amid the hostilities in the Middle East.

"We are constantly monitoring and analysing the situation," Kosiniak-Kamysz said.


Source: IAR, PAP, Reuters