The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - January 11, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Myanmar – Sentencing on appeal of two Myanmar reporters working for the news agency Reuters (January 11, 2019)

◢  Egypt

◢  Iran

 
Myanmar – Sentencing on appeal of two Myanmar reporters working for the news agency Reuters (January 11, 2019)

France deplores the sentencing on appeal to seven years in prison of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were arrested in 2017 while researching a report on serious allegations of human rights violations in Rakhine State.

This sentence represents a serious attack on the freedom of the press and the rule of law in Myanmar.

France hopes that the Myanmar authorities will explore every possible avenue to ensure the swift release of these two journalists.

It reaffirms its constant commitment to the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression. Respect for these freedoms is one of the foundations of any democratic society.



Egypt

What was the value of trade between France and Egypt in 2017-2018 compared to previous years?

According to the French customs authorities, trade between France and Egypt amounted to €2,469 million in 2017.

Consolidated data from the French customs authorities for 2018 is not yet available. This is the baseline data used by the French authorities.



Iran

As the minister noted, as long as the terrorist threat hasn't been defeated, stability hasn't returned to the region, and an inclusive political solution hasn't been found in Syria that all recognize as legitimate, our presence and our action will remain entirely justified.

How do you respond to statements by President Hassan Rouhani, who said yesterday that Iran would send two satellites in orbit in the coming weeks using Iranian-made rockets?

France reaffirms that Iran's ballistic missile program is not in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015).

It calls on Iran to immediately halt all activity connected with ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons, including launches that involve ballistic missile technology.


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