The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - October 10, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Spain / Portugal – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and her counterparts (Paris - October 11, 2018)

◢  16th World Day Against the Death Penalty (October 10, 2018)

◢  Bulgaria – Murder of Viktoria Marinova

◢  Saudi Arabia – Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Spain / Portugal – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and her counterparts (Paris - October 11, 2018)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau will host Luis Marco Aguiriano Nalda, the Spanish government's State Secretary for the European Union, and Ana Paula Zacarias, the Portuguese government's Secretary of State for European Affairs, for a working meeting on October 11.

The three ministers will discuss issues of common interest on which France, Spain and Portugal intend to cooperate and strengthen their shared understanding, especially with a view to the upcoming European Council sessions in October and November: Brexit, migratory issues, strengthening the EU's Economic and Monetary Union, the rule of law, and the multiannual financial framework.

They will also talk about the citizen consultations in which all three countries are wholeheartedly engaged.

16th World Day Against the Death Penalty (October 10, 2018)

On this 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty, France reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances. France is committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, inhumane and ineffective punishment and calls on all nations that still apply the death penalty to establish a moratorium on it with a view to its definitive abolition.

France welcomes the decision by Mongolia, Guinea and Burkina Faso to abolish the death penalty. It also welcomes Gambia's ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aimed at abolishing the death penalty, as well as Guatemala's abolition of capital punishment for ordinary crimes.

France reiterates its concern over the continued use of the death penalty in all too many countries.

France invites all nations to mobilize ahead of the Seventh World Congress Against the Death Penalty to be held from February 27 to March 1, 2019, in Brussels. It also calls on states to support the adoption of the resolution calling for a universal moratorium on the death penalty by the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

Bulgaria – Murder of Viktoria Marinova

What's your response to the murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova?

France expresses its concern following the murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova.

We hope that the investigation will help shed light on the circumstances surrounding this murder as swiftly as possible.

Saudi Arabia – Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Has the minister received his Saudi counterpart to discuss the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and what are you expecting from the Saudi authorities with respect to this matter?

We are in contact with the Saudi authorities regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. We reaffirm our concern regarding the disappearance and reiterate our wish that full light be shed on this matter.

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