The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 6, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Iran – Arrest of Reza Khandan (September 4, 2018)

◢  Libya – Telephone conversations between the minister and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salamé (reminder of the statement issued on September 5, 2018)

◢  Belgrade/Pristina discussions

 
Iran – Arrest of Reza Khandan (September 4, 2018)

France regrets the arrest in Tehran of Reza Khandan, husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights activist who has been held in detention in Iran since June 13.

We remain extremely concerned by the situation of Ms. Sotoudeh, who has been on hunger strike since August 25, and hope that Ms. Sotoudeh and Mr. Khandan will be swiftly released.

France is attached to the defense of human rights and reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of opinion and expression in Iran, as elsewhere in the world.



Libya – Telephone conversations between the minister and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salamé (reminder of the statement issued on September 5, 2018)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on the phone today with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé.

Jean-Yves Le Drian welcomed the cessation of hostilities agreement brokered yesterday thanks to the mediation efforts of the special representative, following 10 days of fighting in Tripoli. He reaffirmed our condemnation of the violence and the challenges to stability and the authority of the Government of National Accord. He assured his interlocutors of France's full support for UN mediation and the action plan as recalled by the president of the Security Council on June 6 and by Ghassan Salamé on July 16.

In support of the UN effort and together with its partners, France is determined to promote the political process, with the holding of elections by year's end, in keeping with the UN action plan. Those who seek to undermine this political process must be held to account. It calls on the international community, regional organizations, and all of Libya's friends to join forces in this regard, particularly during the week of high-level meetings at the UN General Assembly.



Belgrade/Pristina discussions

What is France's position on discussions between Belgrade and Pristina about a possible Serbia-Kosovo border change?

A resolution to the dispute between Serbia and Kosovo is vital to the long-term stabilization of the Western Balkans and the concretization of these two countries' European prospects.

France fully support's Federica Mogherini's mediation efforts and hopes that in-depth discussions on all contentious issues will soon lead to a comprehensive, definitive agreement between the two countries, in keeping with the hopes expressed by the two presidents. President Macron expressed France's support for this dynamic during his meeting with President Vucic in Paris on July 17 and supports the efforts of the two leaders.

France believes that it is up to the two parties to determine the content of an agreement and to examine all the options that might lead to a comprehensive, definitive resolution of this dispute and strengthen regional stability.


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