The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 26, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Fight against terrorism – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the international conference on combating the financing of Daesh and Al Qaeda (Paris - April 26, 2018)

◢  Estonia – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and the Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas (Paris - April 26, 2018)

◢  Turkey

◢  IRIS

 
Fight against terrorism – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the international conference on combating the financing of Daesh and Al Qaeda (Paris - April 26, 2018)

On the initiative of President Macron, a conference on combating the financing of Daesh and Al Qaeda—"No Money for Terror"—is taking place from April 25 to 26 in Paris.

Jean-Yves Le Drian is leading a round table today during which he will invite his interlocutors to provide an update on the situation and propose concrete solutions. Other members of the government involved in the fight against terrorism and its financing (Gérard Collomb, Minister of the Interior, Nicole Belloubet, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance and Gérald Darmanin, Minister for Government Action and Public Accounts) will take part in this event, which will be closed by President Macron.

The representatives of 70 states and leaders of almost 20 international and regional organizations and specialized agencies will take part in the conference. A final declaration will be adopted at the end of the conference.

This ministerial meeting was preceded on April 25 by a day of discussions among experts in combating terrorism financing (judges, financial intelligence units, intelligence services, criminal police, customs and financial regulation experts).

The military victory in Iraq and Syria does not mean that Daesh has been completely eliminated. Groups linked to Al Qaeda remain active the Sahel, the Arabian Peninsula and Asia. We must continue our efforts until they have been completely dismantled. In this context, and for the first time on this scale, the conference in Paris will bring together finance, interior, justice and foreign affairs ministers, all of whom are engaged in the fight against terrorism.

For more information, please visit: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/defense-et-securite/actualites-et-evenements-lies-a-la-defense-et-la-securite/article/conference-de-lutte-contre-le-financement-de-daech-et-d-al-qaida-paris-25-26-04



Estonia – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and the Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas (Paris - April 26, 2018)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau is hosting Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas today.

Their discussions will focus on the following subjects: the future of the economic and monetary union, the preparation of the upcoming multiannual financial framework, trade policy, citizen consultations, the rule of law in the EU, building a European defense, and relations with the Western Balkans.

They will also talk about our bilateral cooperation and celebrations of the centennial of the Republic of Estonia.



Turkey

Several members of the editorial staff of Cumhuriyet were just convicted by the Turkish courts. Any comment?

We are concerned by yesterday's conviction of 14 journalists and staffers of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, including the journalists Ahmet Sik and Murat Sabuncu, as well as the executive chairman Akin Atalay.

France is monitoring the human rights situation and that of fundamental liberties in Turkey—a member of the Council of Europe—extremely closely.

We will closely follow the appeal by Cumhuriyet's journalists and staffers.



IRIS

What is your response to the violent assault on Pascal Boniface, the director of IRIS, upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on April 16?

We regret this unacceptable assault.

Pascal Boniface, director of one of France's leading think tanks dealing with international relations, was attending three conferences as part of a discussion series, at the invitation of the French consulate-general in Jerusalem and the Institut Français in Jerusalem.

Our consul-general in Jerusalem has publicly expressed the solidarity of the French authorities with Mr. Boniface in a communiqué issued on April 20. In particular, it reaffirmed our determination to combat the scourge of anti-Semitism in all its forms—which Pascal Boniface has regularly rejected—and underscored the dangers that its exploitation in other debates may pose.


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