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We recognise India's legitimacy to ensure security against cross-border terror: French envoy  

File photo: French envoy to India, Alexandre Ziegler. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2019, 11.00 PM (IST)

French envoy to India, Alexandre Ziegler, reacted to Indian airstrikes on JeM camp in Balakot and stated that "there should be no tolerance of terror". Ziegler reiterated France's resolution to push for JeM chief Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist at UNSC. 

"We recognise the legitimacy of India to assure its security against cross-border terror. We also welcomed the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan. The easing of tension was also a relief," news agency ANI quoted Ziegler as saying.

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"We believe there should be no tolerance of terror. So yes, we will push for designation of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, at UNSC, have been pushing for it for past 2 years as well. Not designating him doesn't make sense," the envoy added. 

France, which assumed the March Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, has reiterated its support for India as the permanent member of the powerful UN organ, saying the UNSC’s enlargement is the “first crucial part” towards its reform.

India has been calling for the reform of the UN Security Council along with Brazil, Germany and Japan for long, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.

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France, a veto-wielding permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council, last month moved a fresh proposal in the UNSC along with the US and the UK to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, news agency PTI reported. 

“We want enlargement of the Security Council in the two categories of non-permanent and permanent categories – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – and equitable representation of Africans and so that is the first crucial part of it,” French Permanent Representative to the UN François Delattre told reporters last Friday.

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France, a veto-wielding permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council, last month moved a fresh proposal in the UNSC along with the US and the UK to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.