Govt expresses concern over Iran-US conflict

The foreign affairs ministry says parties in the Iran-US conflict should avoid provocation and exercise restraint.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government said it is deeply concerned over the latest situation following the US airstrikes near Baghdad International Airport on Friday.

The foreign affairs ministry said Malaysia always believed all efforts should be undertaken to resolve disputes or conflicts through peaceful means, without resorting to threat or use of force.

It is, therefore, crucial at this stage for all parties concerned to avoid further provocation, exercise maximum restraint and de-escalate tensions in the interest of maintaining peace and stability in the region, a ministry statement today said.

The drone attack on a convoy travelling near the airport killed Iran’s top security and intelligence commander Qasem Soleimani and there is growing fear that Iran will retaliate against US interests in the Arab world and the tensions between both sides will spiral into a far larger conflict.