The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - March 9, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Situation in eastern Ghouta

◢  U.S. – Steel and aluminum imports

Syria – Situation in eastern Ghouta

France condemns the continued intensification of the military offensive by the Syrian regime and its allies in eastern Ghouta, in blatant violation of UNSCR 2401, which demands an immediate cessation of hostilities throughout the Syrian territory.

The indiscriminate attacks by the regime have resulted in more than 800 civilian casualties since February 18. Medical personnel and facilities continue to be systematically targeted. A medical center near Douma supported by France was almost entirely destroyed by the bombing yesterday.

The only humanitarian convoy that managed to reach the area on March 5 was forced to cut its mission short. The convoy planned for yesterday was cancelled. The inhabitants of Ghouta, who have been under siege since 2013, have been denied the humanitarian assistance they need and the obligation to protect humanitarian actors under international humanitarian law is being constantly flouted.

In this context, France denounces once again these violations of international humanitarian law and reaffirms its call for Russia, which approved UNSCR 2401, to do everything possible to ensure that the violence ends as swiftly as possible, that the regime complies with its international obligations and that access for humanitarian convoys and emergency medical evacuations are immediately allowed.

U.S. – Steel and aluminum imports

When Mr. Le Drian said he wants “reprisals” against the American decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, what does he mean exactly? The same thing as the European Commission?

France regrets the U.S. decision to adopt measures imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Within the European Union, trade policy is a common policy. France supports the European Commission's strategy.

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