A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (1 January) on the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad:
We condemn the violent attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad. The security and inviolability of diplomatic missions and their staff are at the heart of the international order on which all countries depend equally. There can be no justification for attacks. We expect the Iraqi Government to meet its responsibility for the security of embassies and consulates.
The events in Baghdad are a cause of concern, including as regards the situation in the region. Prudence and a sense of proportion are particularly important now. We call on people to refrain from undertaking any actions that jeopardise Iraq’s stability and security.