The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 19, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Comoros – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (April 19, 2018)

◢  European Union – Citizens' consultations, visit by Nathalie Loiseau to Marseille and Brignoles (April 19-20, 2018)

◢  United States – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne attending IMF and World Bank meetings (Washington - April 19-21, 2018)

◢  Libya

 
Comoros – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (April 19, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian received his Comorian counterpart, Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophonie, in charge of Comorians abroad, today. This meeting provided an opportunity to continue the discussions initiated during Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's visit to Moroni last week.

Through this series of high-level meetings, France expects to elicit clear answers to the immediate concerns linked to the recent decisions by the Union of the Comoros with respect to its nationals in an irregular situation in Mayotte, to work together to improve control over the movement of persons and to lay the groundwork for renewed cooperation in the interests of both of our countries.



European Union – Citizens' consultations, visit by Nathalie Loiseau to Marseille and Brignoles (April 19-20, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit Marseille and Brignoles on April 19 and 20 in the context of the citizens' consultations on Europe launched in France by President Macron in Epinal on April 17.

These consultations, which will take place from April to October, will allow 450 million Europeans in 27 EU countries to respond to the question "What is your Europe?" and to make concrete recommendations on the functioning of Europe.

Ms. Loiseau will lead citizens' consultations at the Cité des Associations in Marseille (93, la Canebière) today at 6:00 pm and then at the employment agency in Brignoles (269 Av. adjudant chef Marie Louis Broquier) on April 20 at 3:00 pm. These two public events will be open to the press subject to accreditation.

In these two cities, she will meet with political, administrative and civil society leaders to present this process and to encourage the organization of citizens' consultations on Europe.

For more information and to view an interactive map of the upcoming consultations, please visit: www.quelleestvotreeurope.fr



United States – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne attending IMF and World Bank meetings (Washington - April 19-21, 2018)

Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is attending the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank on April 19 to 21.

He will present France's new development strategy adopted this past February at the Inter-ministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development (CICID). This strategy is based on three commitments:

  • raising official development assistance to 0.55% of gross national income by 2022
  • allocating it on a priority basis to the poorest, most vulnerable countries, particularly in Africa
  • focusing on five areas: crises and vulnerabilities, climate change, education, gender equality, and health.

The minister will welcome the World Bank's capital increase, which strengthens the role of this institution in the multilateral system and sends a positive signal for development.

He will meet with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark Green, with whom he will discuss prospects for bilateral cooperation and the Sahel Alliance. He will also hold talks with representatives of the NGO InterAction on France's strategy for responding to vulnerabilities and its humanitarian strategy.

The minister will chair a round table on promoting budgetary transparency; other participants will include the economy ministers of Mali, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Burkina Faso. And he will take part in a round table on the demographic transition in sub-Saharan Africa and its effects on the potential for economic growth in the countries concerned.

During his trip, he will also meet with his counterparts to discuss trade tensions and risks to international cooperation, and will reaffirm France's commitment to multilateralism.



Libya

France condemns the attempted murder of the Libyan National Army chief of staff, General Abdelrazak al-Nadhuri, which left one of his men dead.

France joins with UNSMIL in demanding that those responsible be swiftly brought to justice. It offers its condolences to the victim's family.

It reiterates its full support for the mediation effort conducted by UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé to swiftly arrive at an inclusive political solution, national reconciliation, and the unification of all institutions.


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