|13 June, 2019

France calls for restraint after Gulf of Oman tanker attack

France operates a naval base in the United Arab Emirates.

PARIS- France's foreign ministry called for restraint and a de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf region after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

"We call for restraint and de-escalation from all actors, with whom we are permanently in contact," foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily online briefing. "We also recall our attachment to freedom of navigation, which must absolutely be preserved."

France operates a naval base in the United Arab Emirates.

(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta) ((john.irish@thomsonreuters.com; 0033-1 49 49 53 42;))

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