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“Ladies and gentlemen,
Today in Paris I'm pleased to be hosting Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, who did me the honour of answering my invitation despite the difficult health situation.
Our meeting provided an opportunity to discuss all the bilateral cooperation issues, particularly regarding economic relations between our two countries, which are developing very dynamically thanks to key partnerships between businesses from our two countries.
Today I noted the dynamism of (…)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke to Abdul Hamid Dbeiba, Prime Minister-elect of Libya, and then with Mohamed al-Manfi, President of the Libyan Presidential Council.
The Minister assured his interlocutors of France's full support in the task of completing the transition with which the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum entrusted them. He reaffirmed France's desire for Libya to regain its full sovereignty, its unity and its stability.
The Minister emphasized the (…)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, co-chaired, together with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, a ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism via video conference yesterday.
Held on the occasion of the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, this video conference brought together ministers from 45 countries, the High Representative of the European Union, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UNESCO Director-General, the (…)
Q : How is France responding to the presidential election in Niger and the violence following the election? Is it taking note, like the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, of the announced result?
A : As we wait for Niger's Constitutional Court to proclaim the final results of that country's presidential election, France calls on all political stakeholders to promote a climate of dialogue and calm, and to use legal means to resolve any disputes.
In this regard, it condemns the (…)
Q : Yesterday a German court convicted a former member of the Syrian intelligence services for atrocities he committed in Syria. Is France also mobilizing its efforts to combat serious human rights violations in Syria?
A : We are fully committed to fighting impunity in Syria, a necessary and essential prerequisite to a political solution and lasting peace in that country. The serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights must not go unpunished.
Several court (…)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke with Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government on February 25.
The minister reaffirmed France's wholehearted solidarity with the Kurdistan Regional Government following the rocket attacks targeted against Erbil on February 15, as well its attachment to Iraq's sovereignty and integrity and the stability of the Kurdish autonomous region. He encouraged the Iraqi government and Kurdistan's regional (…)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi on February 25.
The minister paid tribute to the IAEA's impartial and professional work and reaffirmed his full support for the director general's efforts to ensure that the IAEA continues to carry out its mission and its activities relating to the verification and monitoring of Iran's international obligations and commitments. In keeping with his joint statement together with his (…)
On 16 February, the final consultation for the 12th Replenishment of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held, followed on 17 and 18 February by the 44th session of the Governing Council, which brings together annually the 177 Member States of the Fund.
France condemns the searches of homes and offices of those working for the NGO Viasna and the Belarusian Association of Journalists as well as the sentence handed down against two young journalists from the Belsat TV channel who were jailed for filming protests. These developments reflect an intensification of the harassment experienced by civil society and independent journalists in Belarus.
We call on the Belarusian authorities to put an end to it and to immediately release the (…)
Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part today in the informal meeting of European affairs ministers.
Discussions focused on the following points: Preparations for the European Council from February 25 to 26: The ministers prepared for the discussions to be held by the heads of state and government at the European Council from February 25 to 26 on health, European defense and the partnership with the Southern (…)