The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - November 20, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Russia – Speech by Jean-Yves Le Drian at the conference entitled: "Alexandre Soljenitsyne: un √©crivain en lutte avec son siècle" (Paris - November 20, 2018)

◢  United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Amina Mohammed (November 20, 2018)

◢  Sudan – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Sudanese counterpart (November 20, 2018)

 
Russia – Speech by Jean-Yves Le Drian at the conference entitled: "Alexandre Soljenitsyne: un √©crivain en lutte avec son siècle" (Paris - November 20, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the international conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn on November 20 at the Institut de France. This conference, attended by the author's wife, Natalia Solzhenitsyn, will bring together leading French and foreign experts on his work. The event, including an exhibition at the 5th arrondissement's City Hall, is taking place under the auspices of the Trianon Dialogue, a forum launched in 2017 on the initiative of President Macron and his Russian counterpart in order to strengthen ties between Russian and French civil societies.

In his speech, Jean-Yves Le Drian paid tribute to the memory and work of this great writer and dissident, whose literary heritage now features in school reading programs in France and Russia. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn symbolizes both the moral resistance to oppression, the struggle for freedom and the demand for truth. He was a profoundly Russian intellectual who spoke a universal language; thanks to his courage and talent as a writer, he helped to strip away the veil of falsehood and combat the ideology and myths of the Soviet system. During his long years in exile, he also sent messages of vigilance to the West and the world. The discussions and debates on his work and his struggles reflect their relevance and significance.



United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Amina Mohammed (November 20, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met this afternoon with Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, to discuss the key issues related to climate, the environment, development and UN governance, as well as stability in the Sahel.

Mr. Le Drian and Ms. Mohammed underscored the importance of several future events in terms of strengthening efforts to combat climate change. COP24, which is due to take place in Katowice, should therefore make it possible to adopt rules for the implementation of the Paris agreement. The two "One Planet" events in Nairobi in March and in Biarritz in August will take place before the G7 summit and will provide an opportunity to work on issues related to the financing of the ecological transition, to biodiversity conservation and to the protection of the oceans.

Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed France's support and active preparations for the 2019 Climate Summit organized by the UN Secretariat. In this respect, France is especially committed to promoting "green financing," as demonstrated by the climate finance mandate entrusted to President Macron by the UN secretary-general in September. The minister also thanked Amina Mohammed for her support, from the outset, for the draft Global Pact for the Environment.

Mr. Le Drian and Ms. Mohammed also discussed development challenges in the Sahel and the work of the Sahel Alliance, in the run-up to an important meeting in Nouakchott on December 6.

Lastly, the meeting provided an opportunity to announce France's €2 million contribution to the financing of the reform of the United Nations development system, led by the UNSG.



Sudan – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Sudanese counterpart (November 20, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive his Sudanese counterpart, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, on November 20.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen our political dialogue with Sudan and to review the various aspects of our bilateral relations, including in the economic, cultural cooperation, academic and scientific spheres. The two ministers will discuss the process adopted by Khartoum to promote the inclusion of the different Sudanese regions and reconciliation with the opposition groups, as well as the human rights situation in Sudan.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss regional issues and the current positive momentum seen in the Horn of Africa. The two ministers will notably discuss the situation in South Sudan, following the signing of a peace agreement on September 12 in Addis Ababa and the situation in the Central African Republic in the context of the dialogue anticipated in the near future between the government and the armed groups within the framework of the African Initiative.


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