UN chief calls for `urgent de-escalation' in the Middle East

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# 17 April 2024 00:15 (UTC +04:00)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for “urgent de-escalation” of hostilities in the Middle East, APA reports citing ABC News.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that Guterres made the comments during a phone conversation with Iran’s foreign minister following Tehran’s weekend attack on Israel. Dujarric said Guterres spoke to Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Monday.

During an emergency Security Council meeting on Sunday, Guterres warned that “the Middle East is on the brink” and it's time to step back.