US allies on Friday warned against any further escalation of the conflict with Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani late Thursday.
The airstrike, which was reportedly launched without consulting US allies, led to warnings from several European nations, with only Israel speaking out strongly in favor of Trump’s decision.
The global reaction to the attack has revealed the US as increasingly isolated on the world stage.
Among the first to react was the United Kingdom, historically the closest ally of the United States.
The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said in a statement on Friday that conflict with Iran “is in none of our interests” and urged “all parties to de-escalate.”
Raab’s predecessor Jeremy Hunt, told the BBC on Saturday that Trump was engaging in an “increasingly dangerous game of chicken” with Iran, with both sides doing “increasingly extreme things.”
The attack risks damaging relations between the two countries.
Tom Tugendhat, Raab’s Conservative Party colleague and the chair of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, told the BBC that “the purpose of having allies is that we can surprise our enemies and not each other.”
He added that “it’s been a pattern, sadly, which has been a bit of a shame, that the US administration of late has not shared with us and that is a matter of concern.”
“I would urge the US administration to share much more closely with allies, particularly those who are fighting alongside in the region, including us.”
Hunt agreed, saying that it was “regrettable” that the UK had not been consulted about the strike.
“It is regrettable as one of the US’s closest allies,” he said.