The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 18, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Cuba – Meeting between Jean-Yves le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - May 18, 2018)

◢  G20 – France's participation in the Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Buenos Aires (May 20-21, 2018)

◢  Central African Republic – Attack on MINUSCA (May 18, 2018)

Cuba – Meeting between Jean-Yves le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - May 18, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla on May 18.

This meeting is part of the process to strengthen political dialogue and economic, cultural, academic and scientific relations between our two countries. It provided an opportunity to build on the commitments made during the reciprocal state visits by the French president to Havana in May 2015 and the Cuban president to Paris in February 2016. The minister announced that he wanted to visit Cuba very soon.

The meeting notably provided an opportunity to take stock of the investment projects of French firms in Cuba. The discussions also made it possible to discuss the situation in Cuba in the context of the inauguration of the country's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Lastly, the two ministers welcomed the holding on May 15 in Brussels of the first Joint Council meeting between the EU and Cuba, which contributes to the rapprochement between the member states and Cuba on issues of common interest.

G20 – France's participation in the Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Buenos Aires (May 20-21, 2018)

A French delegation will attend the G20 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Buenos Aires from May 20 to 21. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the contributions and role of the G20 in support of multilateralism and global governance; it will also provide an opportunity to look at ways to promote fair and sustainable development. It should provide an opportunity to prepare for the G20 Leaders' Summit due to take place for the first time in South America from November 30 to December 1.

The G20 is one of the foremost forums for global economic governance. France intends to play its full role in this context in order to defend multilateralism, which remains the most legitimate and effective method of collective decision-making in an interconnected and interdependent world.

This notably entails maintaining the momentum for strengthened international cooperation with respect to the key issues on the international agenda, in particular:

  • the fight against terrorism;
  • the fight against climate change and the implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as mobilization in support of biodiversity;
  • the promotion of open, fair and rules-based trade;
  • the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • corporate social responsibility;
  • improved regulation of the digital sector.

Central African Republic – Attack on MINUSCA (May 18, 2018)

France condemns the attack on MINUSCA on May 18 near Alindao, which left one Mauritanian peacekeeper dead and eight injured.

We offer our condolences to the victim's family and to the Mauritanian authorities.

France reiterates its full support for the actions conducted by MINUSCA, which is paying a heavy toll to accomplish its mission.

It is imperative for all armed groups in Bangui and in the rest of the country to end all forms of violence and destabilizing activities, to lay down their arms, and to commit to the peace process without delay and without preconditions.

France calls for the swift implementation of the joint roadmap for peace and reconciliation adopted on July 17, 2017, in Libreville, to effectively disarm armed groups. It reaffirms its support for the work carried out in this regard by the Central African authorities, the African Union, and the countries and organizations of the region, and encourages them to continue their efforts.

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