The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - August 1st, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Jordan – Visit by Jean-Yves le Drian (August 1-2, 2018)

◢  Syria – Kidnapping of Druze women and children by Daesh

◢  Pakistan – Legislative elections (July 25, 2018)

Jordan – Visit by Jean-Yves le Drian (August 1-2, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Jordan from August 1 to 2. He will meet with Prime Minister of Jordan Omar Razzaz, as well as with his counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

1) Jean-Yves Le Drian will discuss the main regional crises with his two interlocutors:

  • Syria: Jean-Yves Le Drian will discuss the most recent developments on the ground, especially in the south-western part of the country, as well as ways to continue international mobilization in support of a political solution;
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict: France will reaffirm its support for the two-state solution. Jean-Yves Le Drian will notably discuss the situation in Gaza and the serious humanitarian crisis in this territory. In order to provide support and respond to the crisis, France has delivered humanitarian assistance to the Jordanian army's Royal Medical Services for the Jordanian military field hospital in Gaza.

2) Our strategic partnership with Jordan will also be discussed in-depth. Jean-Yves Le Drian will in particular express support for the efforts of the Jordanian government with respect to economic reforms and the hosting of Syrian refugees on its soil.

3) France will continue to mobilize its efforts, as announced at the Brussels II conference on April 25, with a commitment of more than €1 billion for the period 2018-2020 in support of Syria and the countries hosting Syrian refugees. It has already provided €600 million in loans and grants since 2016 to support Jordan.

Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel to Azraq Syrian refugee camp, where he will visit the UN Women's Oasis for Women and Girls project. France is one of the main contributors (€1.1 million in 2017-2018) to this project, which provides family services and psychosocial support to refugee women and aims to strengthen their financial and professional independence through training and an employment program in the camp.

4) During his visit, Jean-Yves Le Drian will also meet with representatives of Jordanian civil society to discuss women's rights.

Syria – Kidnapping of Druze women and children by Daesh

France condemns the kidnapping of 36 Druze women and children in Sweida province by Daesh following deadly attacks on July 26.

These criminal acts are aimed at undermining the diversity of Syrian society, which we value deeply.

France is resolutely committed to successfully completing the fight against Daesh and is mobilizing to provide the most vulnerable people with the aid they need.

Pakistan – Legislative elections (July 25, 2018)

France applauds the mobilization of the Pakistani people who went to the polls to exercise their voting rights despite calls from extremists and incidents that occurred during the electoral process, which will be detailed in the final report by the EU election observation mission.

We strongly condemn the violence that cast a shadow over the electoral process, especially the attacks in Mastung and Quetta, and offer our condolences to the victims' families.

France congratulates the country's future leaders and stands ready to begin a constructive relationship with the governing team chosen by Parliament.

For the first time in Pakistan's history, this election marks the second consecutive transfer of power between two democratically elected governments. It represents a new stage in the consolidation of Pakistani democracy. France stands by Pakistan as it continues this process and in support of the country's economic and social development.

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