The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - January 2, 2018
In this issue:

◢  United Nations – New members of the UN Security Council (January 2, 2018)

◢  Iran

United Nations – New members of the UN Security Council (January 2, 2018)

France congratulates Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Poland and Peru on joining the UN Security Council on January 1, 2018. This demonstrates the commitment of these countries to peacekeeping and international security.

As a permanent member of the Security Council, France reaffirms its deep attachment to the multilateral system and to the peaceful settlement of disputes, while the international community continues to face numerous regional crises and urgent threats.

We hope that the close and trusting working relations with these new partners will make it possible to effectively address these.

We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the outstanding work carried out by Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay as non-permanent members of the Security Council during the 2016-2017 biennium, as well as by Italy in 2017.


What's your reaction to the demonstrations in Iran?

The French authorities are closely monitoring the situation in Iran. Demonstrating freely is a fundamental right. The same is true for the free movement of information. France expresses its concern over the large number of victims and arrests. These issues, and more generally speaking, human rights, will be central to our discussions with the Iranian authorities in the coming weeks.

Will Friday's trip to Iran by Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian still take place, despite the demonstrations and the violence?

We have no information to convey to you at this stage. As the minister has said several times, France is in favor of a regular, direct, rigorous dialogue with Iran. That dialogue includes the question of human rights.

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