The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 28, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Climate / Environment – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Chinese counterpart (November 27, 2018)

◢  Indonesia / Hong Kong – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (November 27-30, 2018)

◢  Incidents in the Azov Sea

Climate / Environment – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Chinese counterpart (November 27, 2018)

On November 27, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, ahead of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30 and December 1.

The ministers reaffirmed their desire to see the G20 issue an ambitious final declaration on the climate. Mr. Le Drian underscored the importance of pursuing French-Chinese cooperation ahead of the COP24 in Katowice on December 2-14, which we hope will adopt robust rules to implement the Paris Agreement.

The ministers asserted their shared desire to actively prepare for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its concurrent meetings (COP 15), to be held in China in 2020, and to continue negotiating the Global Pact for the Environment.

Indonesia / Hong Kong – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (November 27-30, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Indonesia from November 27 to 29. He will notably meet with Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan, with whom he will discuss the implementation of the strategic partnership that has existed between our two countries since 2011.

In an influential country that is a member of the G20, a key player in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and is preparing to sit on the UN Security Council for two years, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will reaffirm the priority accorded by President Macron to strong and effective multilateralism. He will express France's attachment to the fight against climate disruption, especially the fight against deforestation. He will expand on these points with all of his interlocutors, as well as during a speech at Indonesia's main think tank, the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia.

The strengthening of our economic and trade relations with this country of 260 million people, which is experiencing strong growth, will also be central to the visit. The minister of state will champion French expertise - notably in the area of renewable energy -, and promote investment by French firms in Indonesia, as well as increased cooperation in the area of tourism, with 200,000 Indonesian tourists expected to visit France in 2019.

The minister of state will visit Hong Kong on November 30 where he will meet with Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. This visit will provide an opportunity to exchange views with the business community and to promote French expertise in the aerospace and scientific fields. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will take part in the inauguration of the new campus of the Victor-Segalen French International School. Hong Kong has the second largest French community in Asia and almost 800 French firms operate there.

Incidents in the Azov Sea

Can you confirm reports by the German media stating that Germany and France oppose new economic sanctions on Moscow following the tensions in the Kerch Strait?

The minister spoke yesterday about the incidents in the Kerch Strait at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart. He called on the parties to work toward easing the situation and to engage in a de-escalation process. That requires the Russian authorities to release the prisoners and return the boats.

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