French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday described the situation in the Middle East as "explosive" and criticized the United States for unilateral acts in the region and Israel for what he said was an unjustified level of violence.
France warns of war in Middle East, disagrees with U.S. policy
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday criticised the United States for unilateral acts in the Middle East and warned that war could break out in region, Reuters reported.
Le Drian’s comments arrive after protests by thousands of Gaza residents on Tuesday for the funerals of at least 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops a day earlier while protesting the planned move of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem at the Gaza border.
“The situation in the Middle East is explosive, violence is doing the talking, war could loom,” Reuters quoted Le Drian as saying to lawmakers in parliament.
The French Minister stressed that while France remains committed to the security of Israel, Israel’s security could not justify the level of violence that has taken place this week.
Monday was the bloodiest day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.
Le Drian pointed out that France is in disagreement with the U.S. policy in Iran and the embassy move, announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in December.
“We (also) have a disagreement about the method. Because in both cases the United States decided to act unilaterally,” Le Drian stressed.
The U.S., earlier this month announced that it is unilaterally pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and economic sanctions on Iran would be forthcoming.