Middle East – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (8 January 2020)


France condemns the attacks carried out in Iraq by Iran overnight against Global Coalition Against Daesh bases. It reiterates its solidarity with its allies and partners in the Coalition and its commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and security.

De-escalation is a priority more than ever. The cycle of violence must be stopped. For its part, France remains determined to work to ease tensions. It is in contact with all the parties concerned in order to encourage restraint and a sense of responsibility.

France recalls the importance of continuing the fight against Daesh, whilst fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty.