The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 29, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Presidential election in Georgia (November 28, 2018)

◢  United Nations

Presidential election in Georgia (November 28, 2018)

Exactly one month after the first round of the presidential election, the independent candidate Salomé Zourabichvili has been elected president of the Republic of Georgia.

France offers her its heartfelt congratulations and wishes her every success in discharging her duties.

France stands ready to work with Ms. Zourabichvili in order to further strengthen the long-standing and excellent relations between our two countries. The new president can count on our determination to continue to take action in support Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

United Nations

What is the response of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to the remarks of German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz who is suggesting that France's seat on the UN Security Council should be converted to a European seat?

France is a permanent member of the UN Security Council in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Charter of 1945.

We assume our full responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. When defending our national positions, we take all European positions into consideration. We actively participate, together with Germany and all other member states, in the coordination of the EU's position.

We are actively campaigning for UN Security Council reform. France supports the expansion of the Security Council and a revision of the UN Charter in order to allow Germany, as well as Japan, Brazil, India and two African countries, to become permanent members.

Germany was elected to the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 biennium. We are willing to coordinate our positions with Germany, in the spirit of the French-German partnership, to which we are deeply attached and in accordance with the Charter.

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