Trudeau says situation in Middle East needs to be de-escalated

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for de-escalation in the Middle East following reports Iran fired air defences to thwart a suspected Israeli drone attack Friday morning.

“We need to move towards peace and stability in the region. We need de-escalation. We need not escalate further, and that action by Iran had significant dangers of seeing far more escalation,” Trudeau said.

This echoes a communique issued by the G7 foreign ministers on Friday morning, including Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, who said Canadian officials are monitoring the situation in the Middle East “closely.”

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Her comment, posted on the social media platform X early on Friday, came as G7 foreign ministers are currently meeting in Italy, and issued a joint statement on the matter Friday morning.

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“Israel and its people have our full solidarity and support and we reaffirm our commitment towards Israel’s security,” the statement said.

“Iran’s actions mark an unacceptable step towards the destabilization of the region and a further escalation, which must be avoided. In light of reports of strikes on April 19th, we urge all parties to work to prevent further escalation. The G7 will continue to work to this end.”

The communique also calls on Iran to stop providing support to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, other non-state actors and to cease actions that may further destabilize the Middle East.

The G7 foreign ministers say they are committed to holding the Iranian government accountable and are ready to adopt further sanctions or take other measures in response to “further destabilizing initiatives.”

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Joly urges Israel to ‘take the win’ and not escalate following Iran’s attack


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This follows Iran launching a drone and missile attack against Israel in the evening of April 13 and into early hours of the next morning.

Israeli officials said the country successfully managed to shoot down 99 per cent of the 170 drones, more than 120 ballistic missiles and over 30 cruise missiles fired during the attack. This reportedly came with the help of the United States and United Kingdom militaries.

In the immediate aftermath of Iran’s attack on Israel, Joly told reporters on Parliament Hill that she had spoken with her Israeli counterpart to call for the de-escalation of the conflict.

“We need to make sure that the conflict doesn’t extend through the region. So that is why I’ve been clear to my counterpart in Israel, please take the win and make sure that we can work together to bring back peace in the region,” Joly said Monday.

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This continues Canada’s push for the de-escalation of conflict in the region that has been ongoing since the Hamas attacks in Israel on Oct. 7, which saw roughly 1,200 people in Israel killed and more than 200 taken hostage.

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Since then, Israel has launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas. Since then, over 30,000 people have been killed in the conflict, according to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry.

The G7 foreign ministers say they have “great concern” with the “unacceptable number of civilians” who have been killed or displaced in Gaza. They emphasize the need to establish the concrete, stable flow of aid into the embattled territory.

Trudeau re-iterated the long-standing government policy in support of a two-state solution as a means to lasting peace in the region, which includes Hamas laying down its arms and freeing hostages.

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“That is the only long term solution for the region, for peace and stability, a peaceful, secure, democratic Israel living alongside a peaceful, secure, democratic Palestinian state,” Trudeau said.

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“That is what Canada has always fought for this is what we are working so closely with partners, allies around the world, but also partners in the region. That’s what we’re remaining focused on.”

— with files from The Associated Press. 

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