Statement by President von der Leyen on Iran's attack on Israel

Yesterday, Iran launched a massive attack against Israel, using drones and missiles. Such a direct Iranian attack against Israel is unprecedented.

Today, we the Leaders of the G7 condemned this the strongest terms. We express our solidarity and support to the people of Israel and reaffirm our unshakable commitment towards its security.

Iran's actions risk provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided.

We will continue to work to stabilize the situation.

We call on Iran and its proxies to cease completely the attacks. All parties should exercise maximum restraint.

We also discussed the need to end the crisis in Gaza as soon as possible. This includes an immediate ceasefire and the immediate release of all hostages by Hamas. It also includes the increased delivery of humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in need.

Going forward we will reflect on additional sanctions against Iran in close cooperation with our partners. Specifically on its drone and missile programmes.

Thank you.