Boris Johnson’s silence on Soleimani assassination is ‘deafening’ say critics

The Guardian – Politicians attack the prime minister for not addressing the Middle East crisis from his holiday on Mustique

Boris Johnson was facing growing criticism on Saturday night for failing to cut short his Caribbean holiday as the Middle East faced one of the gravest crises since the Iraq war in 2003.

As global leaders weighed in on the assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Suleimani, in a US drone strike in Baghdad in the early hours of Friday, Johnson remained silent on the island of Mustique where he is on holiday with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds.

Downing Street said Johnson would be back in the UK on Sunday and that the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, would travel to Washington this week for talks with the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, with the Middle East the main topic of discussion. In a sign of irritation that the UK had not already expressed its support for the US, Pompeo on Friday said the Europeans, including “the Brits”, “[had]n’t been as helpful as I wish that they could be”.

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