The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - May 24, 2018
In this issue:

◢  EU / Citizens' consultations – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau to Nancy (May 24, 2018)

◢  Singapore / Year of Innovation – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and S. Iswaran (May 24, 2018)

◢  South Africa / Foreign trade – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Rob Davies (May 24, 2018)

◢  Economic diplomacy / Security – Defense (May 28, 2018)

◢  Iran

◢  Libya

 
EU / Citizens' consultations – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau to Nancy (May 24, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit Nancy today at the invitation of the city's mayor, Laurent Hénart. This visit is part of the "Mai de l'Europe" event held in Nancy since 2002 and which is taking place this year under the high patronage of the minister. For this year's edition, Nancy City Hall has chosen to highlight the citizens' consultations on Europe and to host five consultations, one of which will be attended by Nathalie Loiseau.

The minister will also visit the Stanislas School for discussions on Europe with a European class and a presentation on the exchange programs with German schools. During the last Franco-German Council of Ministers in July 2017, France and Germany wanted to give fresh impetus to their youth cooperation initiatives and to notably enhance the learning of each partner's language and increase youth mobility.



Singapore / Year of Innovation – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and S. Iswaran (May 24, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet today with S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, during his visit to France from May 22 to 25.

The visit by S.Iswaran, who is heading the first Singaporean delegation attending the VivaTechnology show, is a highlight of the joint France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss our partnership projects in the area of innovation as well as the cooperation between our start-up networks as part of the joint Year of Innovation. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss international trade issues and to signal our attachment to regulated globalization within a multilateral framework. Lastly, while Singapore is the chair of ASEAN this year, the meeting will make it possible to reaffirm the importance of France and Europe's relationship with this regional organization.



South Africa / Foreign trade – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Rob Davies (May 24, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet today with Rob Davies, South African Minister of Trade and Industry, on the sidelines of the VivaTechnology show in Paris.

France and South Africa maintain a dynamic partnership in the innovation and technology sectors being showcased at the show.

The meeting will focus on the strengthening of our economic relations: 360 French firms operate in South Africa which is also France's largest customer in sub-Saharan Africa.

The minister of state will also discuss trade policy issues: the implementation of the EU-SADC agreement, notably in the agricultural and agri-food sectors, international trade tensions, the WTO situation and ways to preserve an open, rules-based multilateral trading system.



Economic diplomacy / Security – Defense (May 28, 2018)

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will host a meeting which will bring together more than 75 companies (mostly SMEs) from the defense and security sectors, 34 military aid workers and technical experts, as well as around 20 institutional stakeholders and private organizations.

More than 700 "speed-dating" format meetings are scheduled to take place between companies, military aid workers and technical experts. With just 10 minutes to convince each other, the exercise should lead to improved mutual understanding between stakeholders in the areas of security and defense.

The Quai d'Orsay is using this type of exercise to help French firms develop their global expansion strategies.



Iran

What is France's response following the disclosure by Iran's Supreme Leader of seven conditions that the European powers will have to comply with if Tehran isn't to reject, in turn, the 2015 agreement on the Iranian nuclear program?

We have taken note of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's statements.

As Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, stated on France Inter on May 23, "the agreement is not dead." "A few days ago the Europeans had a meeting, then there was a meeting in Sofia of the heads of state and government of the European Union, which made clear its wishes and its determination to ensure that businesses working with Iran are protected as much as possible, because we haven't left the agreement and we want to honor it."

Keeping the Europeans in the nuclear deal Iran above all means Iran has to continue strictly applying its nuclear provisions. Regional and international security, as well as the integrity of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, are at stake.

Even though the Europeans want to stay in the agreement, this does not mean ignoring our concerns about Iran, especially its ballistic missile program and its direct or indirect military presence in the region. This is why we proposed establishing a comprehensive framework for negotiations with Iran. We want Iran to understand the need for a cooperative approach.

France will continue the discussions with its partners to this end. This will be one of the items discussed during President Macron's visit to Saint Petersburg.



Libya

Yesterday evening the Libyan press published photos of the President's diplomatic adviser and senior diplomats from the Quai d'Orsay with Libyan officials and spoke of an invitation by those diplomats to a conference on Libya in Paris on May 29. Can you confirm this initiative?

As Mr. Salamé told the Security Council on May 21, today in Libya there's an opportunity we must grasp: the channels for dialogue have increased in number and a consensus between Libyan and international players has emerged regarding the organization of elections.

France is sparing no efforts to support the implementation of the road map by the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative, in order to achieve a political solution bringing together the various Libyan players on an inclusive basis, particularly to hold a general election in 2018 as an expression of the Libyan people's sovereignty.


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