US President Joe Biden said the reciprocal airstrike between Pakistan and Iran shows that Tehran is not “so loved” in one region that is getting stressed.
“As you can see, Iran is not very desirable in the region,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
The president of the United States assured that they were already working to understand how the situation would develop, while his government called on both countries to avoid escalation.
We are keeping a close eye on it. “We don’t want to see that progress, obviously in South and Central Asia, and we’re talking to our counterparts in Pakistan, as expected,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“These are two heavily armed nations,” added the Air Force One spokesman.
Islamabad claimed its right to defend itself after being attacked by Iran, which claimed to be targeting a Sunni Muslim extremist group behind a series of attacks on Iranian territory.
Pakistan has responded to Iranian strikes against suspected separatist militants who are behind an insurgency in its southwestern province of Balochistan.
Pakistanis were “first attacked by Iran, which constitutes another reckless attack and another example of Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region,” Kirby added.
He said he was “not aware” that Islamabad had informed Washington before attacking Iran.
He also did not want to comment when he was asked about whether the United States would provide support to Pakistan.
Islamabad is an important ally of the United States outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but for a long time, the two have been estranged by accusations from Washington that the Asian country has supported the Taliban.
The UN is concerned about the region
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his concern on Thursday about the attacks between Iran and Pakistan and urged the countries to “refrain from escalation.”
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the recent exchange of military attacks between Iran and Pakistan,” said Stephane Dujarric, Guterres’ spokesman, in a statement. The UN chief “urged both countries to practice maximum restraint to prevent further escalation.” of tensions,” he added.
China, which maintains the privileged relationship between the two states, said he was ready to “play a positive role in calming the situation.” and also urged both sides to “avoid” the escalation of hostilities.