Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Credit: © SIP / Claude Piscitelli

Luxembourg's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Defence, Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade has reported that Minister Xavier Bettel participated in a video conference of EU foreign ministers, convened by High Representative Josep Borrell to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade "strongly condemned" Iran's attack on Israel and expressed his concerns over escalating tensions in the Middle East.

"In this extremely tense regional situation, I call for de-escalation and restraint from all parties. A wider regional war must be avoided at all costs; it is not in anyone’s interest," stated Minister Bettel.

Luxembourg's head of Luxembourg also stressed the need to prioritise the protection of civilians on all sides: "This is why it is essential to obtain an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, where the war has lasted for more than six months, with terrible consequences for inhabitants. The EU must support all efforts to negotiate a ceasefire, which would also allow the release of the remaining hostages. We must be aware that this war fuels hatred in the region; it must therefore be brought to an end while opening a long-term political perspective for a two-state solution."