New Delhi: France stood in solidarity with India and made it clear that it recognises India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism.

While asking Pakistan to put an end to the operation of terrorist groups from its territory, the acting spokesperson of France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs asserted that France is fully engaged in mobilising intelligence community to sanction terrorists responsible for the Pulwama attack and freezing their financing networks.

However, just like China and Australia, France called upon on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint in order to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in the region. It added that there was a need to resume dialogue between Islamabad-New Delhi to initiate a peaceful settlement of differences.

The Australian government, earlier in the day, raised concerns over the relations between the two South-Asian countries since the deadly Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. Condemning the dastardly attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne asserted that Pakistan must take immediate action against terrorist organisations, which includes Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as well in its territory.

Payne had said, “Australia urges both sides to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security in the region and engage in dialogue to ensure that these issues are resolved peacefully.”

China had also asked both India and Pakistan to ‘exercise restraint’ several hours after IAF combat jets dismantled JeM’s biggest camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in a pre-dawn strike.

“We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations,” China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had said. He had said, “We hope the two countries can keep restraint and do more to improve bilateral relations.”