The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - February 7, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Greece – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Athens - February 8-9, 2018)

◢  Maldives – Political situation

Greece – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Athens - February 8-9, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit Greece from February 8 to 9.

This visit is part of an extensive series of bilateral meetings, highlighted by President Macron's state visit to Greece on September 7.

The minister will meet with her counterpart, Giorgos Katrougalos, Minister for European Affairs. The discussions will notably focus on the main issues relating to the agenda for the re-founding of Europe, for which Greece is a major partner of France; France has a strong convergence of views with Greece on priority initiatives such as citizen consultations.

Nathalie Loiseau will speak about the relationship between Europe and Greece at the symposium in Athens organized by L'Obs magazine and the Greek daily newspaper, Katherimini, on the topic of "Greece: Paths of hope."

Lastly, this visit will also focus on migration issues in Greece. The minister will reaffirm our wholehearted commitment alongside this country, at the European as well as bilateral level. She will therefore meet with actors on the ground supported by France, notably during a visit to a shelter for minors run by the Greek NGO, METAdrasi, and the refugee camp in Malakasa, where several French NGOs are active.

Maldives – Political situation

France is concerned by the suspension of public freedoms and by the arrests that took place following the declaration of the state of emergency in the Maldives. We call for a swift return to the normal functioning of the institutions and for respect for the rule of law.

France reaffirms its attachment to respect for fundamental freedoms, the freedom of opinion and expression, as well as the rights of the opposition.

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