The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - March 30, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Japan – Conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (March 30, 2018)

◢  Syria

Japan – Conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (March 30, 2018)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on the phone with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, on March 30. The two ministers discussed the ongoing developments in the Korean Peninsula, the Skripal affair and the Iranian nuclear deal.

With respect to the North Korean issue, the two ministers reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They exchanged views on the Skripal affair and underscored its extreme seriousness.

The two ministers discussed the Iranian nuclear deal and agreed on the need for all parties to continue to implement it.

Mr. Le Drian reaffirmed the importance France attaches to the conference on the fight against terrorist financing due to take place in Paris on April 26, and the invitation extended to Japan to take part in the conference.


The Kurds announced yesterday evening, following a conversation with President Macron, that France would send soldiers to Manbij and that means would be put in place to help the population return to Afrin. Can you specify the contribution that France will make?

Kurdish representatives said yesterday that Emmanuel Macron had promised to step up France's humanitarian, diplomatic but also military support, and the representative for Syrian Kurdistan, Khaled Issa, said he received an assurance that France would send troops. Can you tell us what this French support would involve?

France is supporting the SDF in the fight against Daesh.

It applauds their commitment and their successes in the fight against terrorism. It remains engaged in this common battle and does not foresee any new operations in northern Syria, other than the one it is already engaged in within the international coalition against Daesh.

It is working to stabilize the zones liberated from Daesh in northern Syria and promotes the establishment of inclusive governance that represents all the populations of the region.

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