The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - October 24, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Mexico – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (October 25-28, 2018)

◢  United Nations Day (October 24, 2018)

Mexico – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (October 25-28, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Mexico from October 25 to 28.

The minister will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and with Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray.

The minister will also meet with Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who will take office on December 1, 2018, as well as with the incoming minister of foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebard, and the incoming interior minister, Olga Sanchez Cordero.

The minister will indicate to his interlocutors France's determination to strengthen our exchanges with Mexico—a member country of the G20 and the OECD—within the multilateral forums in order to promote and defend strong and effective multilateralism, as well as the values we share: the promotion of law and international cooperation for the peaceful settlement of disputes, climate and the environment, the fight against inequality and the fight against corruption.

The minister will also reaffirm our desire to ensure that the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Mexico is swiftly finalized.

Mr. Le Drian will affirm our determination to strengthen our bilateral trade with Mexico, with which we enjoy relations based on close friendship and trust. These meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss the development of our cooperation, notably in the area of higher education and research, vocational training, support for student and cultural exchanges, as well as the programs implemented with French agencies, notably the French Development Agency.

The minister will meet with representatives of the Mexican and French business community in order to discuss the prospects for developing economic exchanges and investment between France and Mexico, within the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Mexico and within the framework of the trade agreement that has just been concluded between Mexico, the United States and Canada. French firms play a major role in the development of these exchanges, with more than 550 French subsidiaries based in Mexico.

United Nations Day (October 24, 2018)

Today we are celebrating United Nations Day, which marks the 73th anniversary of the Charter's entry into force in 1945.

On this occasion, we reaffirm our commitment to the UN, the world's only universal organization, which constitutes a unique forum for dealing collectively through dialogue and discussion with shared challenges that can be resolved only at the international level. We hope the UN will play an active role in asserting the kind of strong, effective multilateralism promoted by President Macron. It is on this basis that France supports the ambitious reforms undertaken by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Within the UN, France is working daily in the following priority areas:

  • As a permanent member of the Security Council, France has particular responsibilities in promoting peace and international security. Of the five permanent members, it is the second-largest contributor of troops to peacekeeping operations, with more than 700 staff members, and is the fifth-largest financial contributor. It helps define demanding, innovative mandates to ensure the full effectiveness of these operations, notably in Mali, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon. France is in favor of reforming the Security Council to make it more representative and to limit the use of the veto when mass crimes are committed.
  • Development and international cooperation: For France, health and education are priorities. It is committed to girls' education and wants to foster equal access to education, food, justice and healthcare. On September 25, France emphasized the stakes of girls' education at a high-level event it co-hosted with the United Kingdom and Canada on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
  • Human rights and values: As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in Paris on December10, 1948, France reiterates its commitment to the universality of human rights, particularly within the framework of the Human Rights Council, to which it is a candidate for the 2021-2023 term. France champions respect for international humanitarian law and increased protection for humanitarian personnel. It is committed to the protection of journalists; it was at our behest that November 2 was established as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

France works within the UN in cooperation with its European partners and all those who share our priorities with respect to multilateralism.

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