The Malta Independent 26 May 2024, Sunday
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Updated: Malta convenes urgent UN Security Council meeting after Iran’s attack on Israel — Ian Borg

Sunday, 14 April 2024, 10:41 Last update: about 2 months ago

Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Borg on Sunday announced that Malta was convening an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council following Iran's attack on Israel.

A request for the meeting had been made by Israel's government. Malta is currently serving as President of the Security Council for the month of April.

The meeting is scheduled to take place this evening at 4pm New York time (10pm in Malta), according to international news reports.

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Iran launched the attack in response to a strike widely blamed on Israel on an Iranian consular building in Syria earlier this month which killed two Iranian generals. Israel said Iran launched 170 drones, more than 30 cruise missiles and more than 120 ballistic missiles. Israel on Sunday hailed its successful air defences in the face of the attack by Iran, saying it and its allies thwarted 99% of the more than 300 drones and missiles launched toward its territory.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Saturday evening that he had "sent an urgent letter to the president of the Security Council, Vanessa Frazier. I called on the Council to hold an emergency meeting and demanded that they condemn Iran's attack on Israel and designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terror organization. The Iranian attack is a serious threat to global peace and security and I expect the Council to use every means to take concrete action against Iran."

Malta's Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Borg, posting on X on Sunday, said that he was "shocked by Iran's retaliatory attack against Israel in the past hours, and the potential for additional conflict in the coming days. I unreservedly condemn such acts, and we urge maximum restraint by all parties. As UNSC President during April, Malta will this afternoon be convening an urgent meeting of the Council to discuss how we can prevent further escalation and a war which would harm millions of people in the region."

 


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