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Reuters reports that US President Donald Trump spoke with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, discussing the current situation in Iraq and Iran, the White House said in a statement. The release offered few details of the specifics of the call, noting only that the two leaders “reaffirmed the close alliance between the two countries.”

In a statement released on Sunday evening, the UK PM did not condemn Mr Trump’s actions, saying:

  • “Today I have spoken with President Macron, President Trump and Chancellor Merkel, and will be speaking with other leaders in the coming days.”
  • “General Qassem Soleimani posed a threat to all our interests and was responsible for a pattern of disruptive, destabilising behaviour in the region.”
  • “Given the leading role he has played in actions that have led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and western personnel, we will not lament his death.”
  • “It is clear however that all calls for retaliation or reprisals will simply lead to more violence in the region and they are in no-one’s interest.”
  • “We are in close contact with all sides to encourage de-escalation.”
  • “I will be speaking to other leaders and our Iraqi friends to support peace and stability.”

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