The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - January 17, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Malta – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Valletta - January 17-18, 2019)

◢  Yemen – Adoption of a resolution establishing the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA)

Malta – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Valletta - January 17-18, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Malta from 17 to 18 January to take part in the ministerial meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue between the Western Mediterranean states. This meeting, which will be co-chaired by the Algerian and Maltese foreign ministers and will have the theme "Working Together: A Sustainable Future for the Western Mediterranean," will focus on regional crises, notably in Libya, migration issues and sustainable development challenges.

During this meeting, Jean-Yves Le Drian will present the process aimed at bringing together, at the invitation of President Macron, representatives of civil society and the Western Mediterranean heads of state and government for the "Summit of Two Shores, Mediterranean Forum" on June 24 in Marseille. He will call on his counterparts to commit to this initiative in order to make the summit in Marseille a success and to re-establish a more inclusive Mediterranean policy.

Jean-Yves Le Drian will also have bilateral meetings with his Maltese counterpart, Carmelo Abela, and with Michael Farrugia, Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security.

The minister will discuss cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Brexit and the rule of law with his interlocutors. The minister will reaffirm our determination to ensure that a long-term European response based on the principles of responsibility and solidarity is given to the challenge of migration, with due respect for the right to asylum, in order to effectively combat the trafficking of human beings and smugglers. France has just demonstrated its solidarity once again by agreeing to accept 60 people rescued at sea by the Maltese Navy since December 30 and by sending OFPRA (Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) teams to Valletta to collect data on those who are in need of protection and could be received in our country.

Yemen – Adoption of a resolution establishing the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA)

France welcomes the Security Council's unanimous adoption yesterday of Resolution 2452 establishing the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). In the wake of the adoption of Resolution 2451 at the end of 2018, this latest resolution reaffirms the Security Council's commitment to supporting UN mediation in Yemen.

UNMHA's core mission will be monitoring the parties' compliance with the ceasefire in the Hodeidah Governorate, along with the redeployment of troops, consistent with the agreements reached in Stockholm. It is vital to secure the Hodeidah Governorate, which includes Yemen's main port through which 85% of food and health aid and 70% of the country's imports pass, at a time when the Yemenis are facing one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

France calls on all the parties to continue and to translate into action the positive momentum created by the Stockholm talks. It reiterates its full support for UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. It calls for holding new political discussions under the UN's authority in a timely manner, with the aim of reestablishing a lasting peace, easing the humanitarian distress affecting the people of Yemen, and guaranteeing the stability of the Arabian Peninsula.

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