France condemns the kidnapping by Daesh of almost a hundred Syrian Christians in the Al-Hasakah region. This is yet another criminal act on the part of this terrorist group.
We call for the immediate release of those who have been kidnapped and express our wholehearted solidarity with the Christian communities who should be able to live in peace in a Syria that respects the rights of all people.
France reaffirms its attachment to the presence of Eastern Christians in this region. The only way to combat extremism over the long term is through a genuine political transition.