France welcomes easing of India-Pakistan tensions

India/Pakistan – Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 1 March 2019

I welcome the easing of tensions between India and Pakistan and the release of the Indian pilot held in Pakistan. I applaud the two governments’ decision to exercise restraint and responsibility and encourage them to resume their bilateral dialogue.

Today I reiterate our full solidarity with India in the fight against all forms of terrorism.

France, which assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council today, will do everything it can to ensure that the perpetrators of the terrible Pulwama attack are punished./.

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 27 February 2019

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Situation at the India-Pakistan border (27 February 2019)

Military operations were carried out at the India-Pakistan border this morning.

France is concerned about the deteriorating situation. It calls on Pakistan and India to de-escalate the situation.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the situation and our embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad are mobilized to help our citizens. (…)./.

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 26 February 2019

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India – Fight against terrorism (26 February 2019)

France utterly condemns the appalling attack carried out on 14 February against the Indian security forces in Pulwama, for which the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility.

France recognizes India’s legitimacy in ensuring its security against cross-border terrorism and calls on Pakistan to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.

France, which stands alongside India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms, is fully committed to mobilizing the international community to punish the terrorists responsible for this attack and to block their channels of financing.

We solemnly call on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint in order to avert any risk of military escalation and to preserve strategic stability in the region.

The resumption of bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi is necessary in order to launch efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to the disputes.

Iran

Q. – What is your response to the announcement of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation? Is his departure liable to cast a shadow on the implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement?

THE DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON – We have taken note of Mr Zarif’s announcement of his resignation.

France is committed to the implementation of the JCPoA, which it will continue to support as long as Iran abides by all of its nuclear obligations. Unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2231, this agreement is a key component of the non-proliferation regime and an important factor in international and regional security./.

Published on 05/03/2019

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