The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - December 20, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Fight against Daesh

◢  Khashoggi case

Syria – Fight against Daesh

What is your response to the statement by Trump that he will withdraw American troops from Syria?

The fight against terrorism is a priority for France. The fight against the global threat of Daesh is ongoing and a long-term commitment.

We believe that Daesh remains a threat in the Levant and that the terrorist organization may continue to rely on a reduced area, notably in Syria.

Thanks to the efforts of the international coalition since 2014 and the local forces – Iraqi forces on the one hand, and Kurdish and Syrian Arab forces on the other hand -, Daesh is now weaker than ever.

We and the partner states in the international coalition are talking with Washington about the timetable and conditions for implementing the decision to withdraw American troops engaged in combating Daesh in Syria announced by the president of the United States.

In the coming weeks, France will endeavor to ensure the security of all U.S. partners, including the Syrian Democratic Forces. The United States must take the protection of the populations of northeastern Syria and the stability of this area into consideration in order to avoid any further humanitarian tragedies and any return by the terrorists.

Can France continue its operations in Syria without the operational support of the United States?

Please refer to the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

Khashoggi case

Has Paris given up on the idea of having international experts take part in the investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

Several investigations are underway, both in Saudi Arabia and in Turkey, to shed light on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

We ask that responsibilities be clearly established and that the perpetrators be held accountable for their actions in a legitimate trial.

As President Macron has said, France is in favor of giving these investigations an international dimension whose terms are currently being discussed with our partners.

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