June 13, 2019 / 12:13 PM / 7 days ago

France calls for restraint after Gulf of Oman tanker attack

PARIS (Reuters) - 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

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