The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 8, 2018
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (Brussels - November 9, 2018)

◢  Pakistan – Situation of Asia Bibi

European Union – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (Brussels - November 9, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) in Brussels on November 9.

The ministers will discuss the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The minister of state will reaffirm President Macron's determination which he reaffirmed on September 25 at the UN General Assembly to ensure that a roadmap for WTO reform is adopted at the G20 in Buenos Aires from November 30 to December 1, 2018. He will reaffirm that France supports the proposals put forward by the EU to modernize the WTO and its rules.

The ministers will also take stock of ongoing bilateral trade negotiations. They will discuss the EU's trade relations with the United States. They will also exchange views on the current discussions in the context of the roadmap of July 25.

The ministers will deliberate on the proposed regulation on foreign direct investment screening, as well as the proposed horizontal regulation on bilateral safeguard clauses in the EU's free trade agreements. The minister of state will reaffirm France's support for these proposals, in particular the desire to ensure that discussions with the European Parliament on the draft regulation on foreign investment screening are completed before the end of the year in order to allow the regulation to be adopted at the beginning of 2019.

Pakistan – Situation of Asia Bibi

The minister indicated yesterday that France was ready to extract Asia Bibi. What do you intend to do and what have you already done, notably including for the lawyer who states that he was forced to leave Pakistan?

As the minister indicated at the National Assembly yesterday, France is ready to receive Asia Bibi. We have made the necessary arrangements with the Pakistani authorities to ensure that - in accordance with the wishes of the person concerned and her family - she can come to France.

We immediately received her lawyer, Saiful Malook, at our embassy in order to protect him before he travelled, in accordance with his wishes, to the Netherlands.

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