Syria – Firing against Israeli positions – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (10 May 2018)

France expresses its grave concern following the firing of rockets against Israeli positions in the Golan Heights last night.

It reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and condemns any attempt to undermine it. It stresses the need for all parties to demonstrate restraint in order to avoid a dangerous escalation of tensions in the Middle East.

This is why, as President Macron announced, it notably calls for negotiations with Iran to be initiated within a broader framework that will include its nuclear activities and its ballistic missile programme, as well as a solution to the crises in the region.

In this respect, it reaffirms the urgent need to negotiate a political solution to the Syria crisis, calls on Iran to refrain from any military provocation and cautions it against any temptation to seek regional hegemony. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will have an opportunity to discuss the matter with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, next week.

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