In Paris, FM Katz urges France to condemn ICC actions against Israel

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Israel Katz speaks at an event in Paris on May 21, 2024 (Israeli Embassy in France)
Foreign Minister Israel Katz speaks at an event in Paris on May 21, 2024 (Israeli Embassy in France)

At a Paris event attended by his French counterpart, Foreign Minister Israel Katz asked Stéphane Séjourné “to announce loud and clear that the decision of the Chief Prosecutor is unacceptable to you and the French government – regardless of the authority of the court.”

“This is what our friends around the world did, and this is what I expect from our friend, the French government.”

Katz makes his remarks at an event marking 75 years of relations between Israel and France.

“France recognizes the independence of the ICC, it’s a principle,” Séjourné said earlier in the day.

“It will now be up to the judges at the ICC to decide on whether these warrants will be granted.”

He also urged people not to draw an “equivalence” between the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s arrest warrant requests for Israeli and Hamas leaders.

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