France welcomes Wg. Cdr. Abhinandan's release

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2019 00:00 hrs

[France], Mar 1 (ANI): France welcomed Indian Air Force Pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return to India, along with the "easing of tensions" between India and Pakistan, on Friday.

"I welcome the easing of tensions between India and Pakistan as well as the release of the Indian Air Force pilot detained in Pakistan. I hail the two governments’ choice of restraint and responsibility and urge them to resume bilateral dialogue," read a statement issued by France's Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

In his statement, Le Drian said that France, which undertook the Presidency of the UN Security Council today, will do its "utmost so that those responsible for the terrible attack in Pulwama are sanctioned."

Furthermore, France reinforced its support for India in the fight against terrorism, stating, "France today reiterates its complete solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms."

IAF pilot Varthaman returned home from Pakistan on Friday, two days after he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army when his MiG 21 fell in PoK while he was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters which had transgressed into the Indian airspace.

India used diplomatic and military pressure to ensure that Pakistan releases Varthaman unconditionally, top sources said in New Delhi. (ANI)