Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The world reacted with alarm on Friday after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Baghdad, with many governments appealing for restraint.
The attack was praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans and close ally Israel, but elsewhere there were sharp warnings it could inflame regional tensions.
Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs, called for a calm approach to regional issues.
Gargash said on Twitter, “In light of the rapid regional developments, wisdom, balance and political solutions must prevail over confrontation and escalation. The issues facing the region are complex and suffer from a loss of confidence between the parties. Rational engagement requires a calm approach that is free from emotions.”
Pakistan foreign ministry said, "Pakistan has viewed with deep concern the recent developments in the Middle East, which seriously threaten peace and stability in the region.”
"Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which should be adhered to. It is also important to avoid unilateral actions and use of force."
The foreign ministry in neighbouring India said: "We have noted that a senior Iranian leader has been killed by the US. The increase in tension has alarmed the world."
Pompeo discussed Iran and maritime security with Gulf Arab allies during a trip to the region after President Donald Trump called off a military strike to retaliate for Tehran's downing of a US drone.
The United Arab Emirates has expressed its deep regret and condemnation of the recognition by the United States of the Syrian Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory, describing it as a move that disrupts all efforts to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East.
The video, published on Thursday on the US Central Command's website, purports to show the crew of an Iranian patrol boat removing an object from the hull of a vessel whose markings appear to match archive footage and pictures of the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
Soldiers rescued residents on boats as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by deadly rains that were expanding across the region on Tuesday. At least 50 people have died and a dozen are missing.
More than five million residents of Melbourne will be locked down for six weeks after coronavirus cases surged in Australia's second-biggest city, authorities announced Tuesday.
Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, visited Abu Dhabi drive-through testing facility at Abu Dhabi to get an overview of the progress made as part of SEHA’s extensive testing efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.