The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 11, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Khan al-Ahmar – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (September 11, 2018)

◢  Health – Launch of the campaign to replenish the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Paris - September 12, 2018)

◢  European Union – Nathalie Loiseau to be at the European Parliament (Strasbourg - September 12, 2018)

◢  Libya – Terrorist attack on the National Oil Corporation (NOC) (September 10, 2018)

 
Khan al-Ahmar – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (September 11, 2018)

France expresses its very deep concern at the situation in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank (Area C). Under the Israeli Supreme Court ruling, the decision to demolish this village lies with the Israeli government.

I join with the EU high representative in calling on the Israeli authorities not to go ahead with the demolition of this village.

France reaffirms that the demolition of infrastructure and homes in the West Bank, a Palestinian occupied territory, are contrary to international humanitarian law, and in particular the fourth Geneva Convention—since they will result in the evacuation and forced transfer of populations—and the Security Council resolutions.

France is paying particular attention to the case of Khan al-Ahmar given its location in an area of strategic importance for the contiguity of a Palestinian state and for the viability of a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital. It therefore warns of the potential humanitarian as well as political consequences of the demolition of this village and the displacement of its inhabitants.

France is continuing its efforts to preserve the two-state solution in collaboration with the EU and its close international partners.



Health – Launch of the campaign to replenish the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Paris - September 12, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Agnès Buzyn, Minister for Solidarity and Health, will host, at the Quai d'Orsay on September 12, the presentation of the report on the 2018 results of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. Charles Gomis, Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire to France, and Professor Hakima Himmich, Chair of the NGO Coalition plus, will also speak. The session will be moderated by Stéphanie Seydoux, Ambassador for Global Health.

The presentation will be preceded by a session on mobilizing the private sector, jointly organized with the (RED) organization founded by Bono and in partnership with the French Council of Investors in Africa and Salesforce France, aimed at encouraging French and international business leaders to invest in global health.

The event, which is being held under the high patronage of President Macron, will launch preparations for the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund due to take place in Lyon on October 10, 2019, aimed at raising, for the 2020-2022 programming period, the private and public funding needed to continue its mission to combat major pandemics. AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria continue to represent a major threat to global health. The mobilization of sufficient financial resources is vital in order to avoid the re-emergence of these pandemics and the explosion of resistant forms of tuberculosis and malaria.

The decision to host this conference reaffirms France's historic commitment to global health. France has been at the forefront of international mobilization since the early 2000s by helping to create the innovative mechanism of the Global Fund, to which it is historically the second largest donor, with €4.2 billion in contributions within the framework of its policy to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Fund now operates in more than 100 developing countries and represents 57% of global funding to combat malaria, 20% for HIV/AIDS and 65% for tuberculosis, allowing for exceptional progress in access to treatment and the prevention of epidemics.



European Union – Nathalie Loiseau to be at the European Parliament (Strasbourg - September 12, 2018)

Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau will be at the European Parliament on September 12 for the plenary session in Strasbourg.

She will attend the State of the European Union speech delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This annual speech reviews the work of the European executive body and presents the Commission's priorities for the months and year to come.

On the sidelines of the plenary session, she will meet with Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ADLE group and European Parliament coordinator for Brexit negotiations.

She will also have the opportunity to speak with the heads of French delegations to various political groups and French committee chairs to discuss issues of importance in the European Parliament, in particular preparations for the post-2020 European budget, the rule of law in Hungary, and the vote scheduled for Wednesday on the draft copyright directive. This ambitious text aims to guarantee the due remuneration of content creators in the digital age.



Libya – Terrorist attack on the National Oil Corporation (NOC) (September 10, 2018)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Tripoli on the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), which killed two people and injured a dozen, according to initial estimates.

It offers its condolences to the victims' families and loved ones. Through the attack on the National Oil Corporation, it is Libya's sovereignty and its control over its oil resources—the common good of all Libyans—that are under attack. It is also the political process that this terrorist act is targeting.

At this difficult time, France stands shoulder to shoulder with the Libyan government and with all Libyan forces that are combating terrorism. Together with its partners, it will continue supporting the efforts of Libyans and the UN to ensure that Libya regains its stability, through the continuation of the political process and the holding of elections by the end of the year, consistent with the action plan of the UN secretary-general's special envoy, Ghassan Salamé, and the commitments included in the political declaration issued in Paris on May 29.


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