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Finland condemns Iranian missile strike

President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Finland wants Iranian officials to explain their actions.

Pääministeri Sanna Marin Brysselissä 13. joulukuuta.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin tweeted condemnation of the Iranian missile strike. Image: Daina Le Lardic / AOP

Finland has denounced a missile strike by Iran on Tuesday night that targeted US installations in a Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq, according to a statement issued by President Sauli Niinistö on Wednesday.

Niinistö noted that the strike also targeted troops engaged in peacekeeping operations in the area. He added that the international community must do everything in its power to break the cycle of violence.

The Iranian strike was an apparent response to a United States drone strike last week that killed top army general Qasem Soleimani while he was in Baghdad. Iran pledged to retaliate for Soleimani’s execution.

Niinistö had previously called for the international community to increase dialogue following the US offensive against Iran.

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Sauli Niinistö
President Sauli Niinistö issued a statement denouncing the missile strike on Wednesday. Image: Derrick Frilund / Yle

Niinistö said in his statement that it is currently not known if Tuesday’s attack claimed any victims. Finnish crisis management troops currently deployed in Erbil, where the strike took place, were said to be unharmed.

"Finland is in constant contact with other participating countries regarding the situation’s impact on the operation," Niinistö commented.

The President added that Finland will call on Iranian officials to provide a full explanation of the country’s actions.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Sanna Marin tweeted on Wednesday that Finland has condemned the Iranian missile attack. Marin also called for Iran to explain its actions.

"Finland condemns the missile strike by Iran and wants it to explain its actions. We must safeguard the security of Finnish troops. The matter will also be discussed with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven during [my] visit to Sweden," the PM tweeted.

Marin is currently on her maiden official visit to Sweden as prime minister.

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