G7 warns of new Iran sanctions after drone and missile attack on Israel and urges de-escalation

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The G7 meeting's agenda was changed to address the latest developments in the Israel-Iran conflict.
The G7 meeting's agenda was changed to address the latest developments in the Israel-Iran conflict. Credit: EPA

Group of Seven foreign ministers have warned of new sanctions against Iran for its drone and missile attack on Israel, and urged both sides to avoid an escalation of the conflict.

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, who chaired the meeting of ministers of industrialised countries, said the agenda of the three-day meeting was changed on Friday to address the latest developments.

Early on Friday, Iran fired air defences at a major air base and a nuclear site near the central city of Isfahan after spotting drones.

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They were suspected to be part of an Israeli attack in retaliation for Tehran’s unprecedented drone and missile assault on the country last weekend.

Tajani did not immediately address the incident but urged both sides to exercise restraint.

“The G7 worked and will work for a de-escalation,” Tajani said in a closing media conference.

He said that would include a de-escalation of tensions followed by a ceasefire, liberation of hostages and aid to the Palestinian people.

The foreign ministers condemned Iran’s recent attacks against Israel, writing that “the G7 supports the security of Israel”.

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