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Mike Pompeo Qasem Soleimani: Corbyn advises Johnson to hold Privy Council meeting


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Mike Pompeo Qasem Soleimani: Corbyn advises Johnson to hold Privy Council meeting

Image copyright EPA Image caption Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued fresh travel advice on Saturday The Foreign Office has hardened its travel advice for Iran and Iraq after the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike.It warns British nationals not to travel to Iraq, except for essential travel to the Kurdistan…

Mike Pompeo Qasem Soleimani: Corbyn advises Johnson to hold Privy Council meeting

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued fresh travel recommendations on Saturday.

The Foreign Workplace has actually hardened its travel guidance for Iran and Iraq after the killing of leading Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani in a United States airstrike.

It alerts British nationals not to take a trip to Iraq, other than for essential travel to the Kurdistan Area of Iraq, and just necessary travel to Iran.

The death has increased tensions in the area, where the UK has 400 troops.

The Royal Navy has actually resumed accompanying British ships in the Gulf, where a tanker was taken last year.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said HMS Montrose and HMS Protector will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, as they did between July and November following the seizure of the Stena Impero by Iran.

He stated he spoke to his United States counterpart Mark Esper on Friday and advised all parties to de-escalate the circumstance.

However Mr Wallace stated: “Under international law the United States is entitled to safeguard itself against those presenting an impending risk to its citizens.”

United States forces in Iraq were “consistently assaulted” by Iranian-backed militia and Gen Soleimani was “at the heart” of such efforts to weaken neighbouring nations and target Iran’s enemies, he added.

Previously Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry had actually called the UK government’s response “worthless”.

Ms Thornberry stated: “I do not understand why Britain isn’t requiring an emergency situation conference of the [UN] security council.

” I believe there is a remarkable risk we could end up in another war and I believe we have to do everything that we can to pull Donald Trump back from this.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has composed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson requiring an immediate meeting of the Privy Council – the group that recommends queens – over the airstrike.

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Gen Soleimani, 62, led Iran’s Middle East operations as head of the elite Quds Force.

Meanwhile, previous foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said the circumstance was “very, really dangerous” and the UK’s job was to “utilize our influence to argue for consistent United States policy”.

The killing of Gen Soleimani marks a major escalation in tensions in between Washington and Tehran.

There were chants of “death to America” in the streets of Baghdad on Saturday as mourners participated in a funeral procession for him.

Mike Pompeo ‘ Stay vigilant’

In its advice, published on Saturday, the Foreign Workplace said there is a danger that British or British-Iranian double nationals “could be arbitrarily detained or apprehended in Iran”.

” The criminal justice procedure followed in such cases falls below global standards,” it said.

The Foreign Workplace also said notifies for other parts of the Middle East were being increased, with calls for residents to “remain alert” in nations consisting of Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

It advised people to maintain to date with developments via the media and its own travel recommendations.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated: “Given increased stress in the region, the FCO now encourage people not to take a trip to Iraq, with the exception of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and to think about thoroughly whether it’s important to travel to Iran. We will keep this under evaluation.”

Its guidance for British-Iranian dual nationals remains the same, cautioning them not to take a trip to Iran.

It comes as the US has vowed to send out 3,000 additional troops as a safety measure.

The UK has 400 soldiers based in the Middle East and works alongside US forces in the area.

Mr Raab has formerly advised for a soothing of stress, including: “Further dispute remains in none of our interests.”

Mike Pompeo ‘ We require to stand up to US’

On Saturday, around 150 individuals gathered outdoors Downing Street for an “emergency situation” demonstration arranged by the Stop the War Coalition, prompting the United States to prevent more dispute with Iran.

Amongst them were shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Thornberry – who has stated she will run for the Labour leadership – called the airstrike a “deliberate and negligent escalation of the conflict with Iran”.

” I’m very concerned we could get dragged into this,” she stated.

” We belong on the security council, not so that we can play at being Donald Trump’s mini-me or constantly concurring with the Americans. There are times we need to stand up to them.”

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Shadow foreign secretary Ms Thornberry states the UK ought to be withstanding Donald Trump.

BBC News understands the prime minister was not warned about Friday’s airstrike.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, former foreign secretary Mr Hunt stated he thought it was “regrettable due to the fact that, as one of the United States’s closest allies, I believe it’s a crucial aspect of that relationship that there are no surprises”.

” But it might also have been due to the fact that they didn’t want to put us in a difficult position of asking us to make a judgement regarding whether we concurred or not with what was done.”

He included: “The UK can not afford to be neutral if we want to be a major worldwide player.”

Mike Pompeo ‘ Prompt restraint’

Writing to the prime minister, Mr Corbyn asked numerous concerns including what the UK was informed prior to the airstrike and what the federal government was doing to make sure the security of UK nationals.

Earlier, he called the killing of Gen Soleimani a “United States assassination” and stated the UK “needs to prompt restraint” from both Iran and the US.

Mr Corbyn became a member of the Privy Council in2015 Its members include all former prime ministers and cabinet ministers as well as leaders of the opposition.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the scenario as “incredibly worrying” and prompted all parties to “restrain from further violence and work to de-escalate tensions”.

” Additional dispute in the Middle East remains in no-one’s interests,” she said.

The acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, called for an instant statement from Mr Johnson about the UK’s position, adding that Britain ought to “work with a broader group of concerned states at the United Nations”.

Mr Raab talked to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, although the time of the call is not understood.

Mr Pompeo tweeted that he was “grateful that our allies acknowledge the continuing aggressive threats presented by the Iranian Quds Force”.

In a declaration, Mr Raab advised “all celebrations to de-escalate” after the killing of Gen Soleimani.

He said the UK “recognised the aggressive threat” Gen Soleimani posed, but “further conflict is in none of our interests”.

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