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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu of Estonia Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima of Latvia Rihards Kols and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis issued a joint statement, in which they strongly condemn Iran’s recent attacks against Israel and call on imposing substantial sanctions against Iran.

The Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees say in their statement that yesterday morning Iran, along with its proxies operating from Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, executed an unprecedented aerial assault on Israel, and point out that these acts constitute a flagrant violation of both international legal standards and the foundational principles of the United Nations Charter, posing a severe threat to global peace and security.

The Chairmen highlight in their statement that the aggressive stance adopted by Iran, bolstered by its longstanding support of terrorism via proxy organizations, firmly positions it as a leading entity in the promotion of regional instability and international terroristic activities. “Despite Iran’s assertions to the contrary, its historical backing of groups engaging in terrorist acts against Israel belies any claims of non-aggression. Such hostilities serve only to further destabilize the Middle East and increase the risks to global safety,” the Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees state.

It is underlined in the statement that the necessity for a unified and immediate response from the international community to these provocations is paramount. “Iran’s actions, part of a broader pattern of aggressive behaviours, highlight its role at the centre of a new axis of evil, alongside Russia. This alliance poses a profound and escalating threat to global security, systematically undermining the sovereignty of nations and the stability of international order,” the statement says.

The Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees call on imposition of substantial sanctions against Iran, coupled with designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation. “This action is necessitated by Iran’s persistent endorsement of terrorist activities and its involvement in direct acts of aggression towards sovereign states. The recent assaults bring to light the critical nature of Iran’s strategic capabilities, including its nuclear aspirations, and underscore the necessity for urgent and decisive countermeasures.”

In the statement, the Chairmen reaffirm their dedication to upholding global security and averting further escalations within the Middle Eastern region, and highlight the need for a coordinated and robust reaction from the global community in response to the collaboration between Iran and various factions in perpetuating terror and instability.

The Chairmen of Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees express solidarity with the people of Israel and all those who seek peace and stability in opposition to terrorism and aggression. They also call on democracies around the world to stand tall and strong, united in their resolve to safeguard the principles of freedom, justice, and the rule of law that form the bedrock of our global community.

Text of the Joint Statement in Estonian and in English

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