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Q. Has France already restricted the entry of Lebanese individuals following the announcement by the authorities? A yes or no answer would suffice.
A. The Minister addressed this subject clearly on May 7 in Beirut and conveyed it to the Lebanese officials with whom he met: France is restricting access to French territory by individuals responsible for the current political deadlock and those involved in corruption. If the deadlock continues, these measures may be toughened or extended. As (…)
Q. Do you think there has been enough progress in your negotiations in Vienna on the nuclear agreement and a dialogue between Iran and the IAEA that is sufficiently substantive to clarify and resolve the issues that have not been dealt with thus far to extend the technical agreement, which ends on May 21?
A. The discussions that resumed on May 7 in Vienna have led to some initial progress on the nuclear issue. Nevertheless, major disagreements remain on some key points that must be ironed (…)
France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in North Kivu, in the eastern part of the country, on May 10, which killed a peacekeeper from Malawi. It offers its condolences to the victim's loved ones and to the authorities of Malawi.
France applauds MONUSCO's commitment and reaffirms its full support for that mission.
Those responsible for this attack must be identified (…)
Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the General Affairs Council today.
The following points will be discussed during this General Affairs Council meeting: Covid-19: The ministers will establish the principles of the coordination at the EU's external borders, with a view toward combatting the variants and potentially relaxing restrictions, depending on vaccination progress. Preparations for the (…)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, about the situation in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories. The ministers expressed their grave concern at the current violence in Jerusalem and around Gaza.
The ministers reaffirmed their shared commitment to respect for international law. They also underscored the need to rigorously preserve the historic status quo on the Temple Mount, and the importance of Jordan's (…)
Once again France expresses its serious concern over the clashes and violence witnessed over the past several days in Jerusalem, which has left several hundred injured and could lead to a large-scale escalation. France strongly condemns last night's rocket fire from the Gaza Strip targeting Israeli territory, in violation of international law.
France calls on all actors to show maximum restraint and to refrain from any kind of provocation so that calm may be restored as quickly as possible. (…)
France strongly condemns the attack carried out in Kabul against a girls' school.
It extends its condolences to the victims' families and assures the Afghan authorities and people of its wholehearted solidarity in the face of this barbaric act.
By targeting schoolgirls, the terrorists wanted to kill the young people who embody the hope for a peaceful Afghanistan that respects the rights of all Afghan people, notably their right to education.
We will continue to stand with Afghanistan to (…)
Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from May 9 to 13.
This visit is consistent with the strengthening of our bilateral relations with these two countries. It follows the telephone conversations between the minister for Europe and foreign affairs with his Kazakh counterpart on April 27 and with his Uzbek counterpart on May 3, and the meeting of the (…)
France and New Zealand will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders' summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders' meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 May CEST/15 May, NZT.
The summit will bring together leaders across Call supporting governments, tech companies and civil society.
“We expect the Call Community to refine its focus, (…)
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
My brief visit to Beirut is coming to an end and I will be heading back to Paris in a few moments, but before I go, I'd like to give you an overview of this visit. First of all, I would like to remind you that France has always stood by the Lebanese people in prosperous times and in difficult times. On 6 August 2020, the French President reiterated this promise to the Lebanese. I was standing next to him. I've come to say it again, forcefully: France (…)