The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - February 14, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Madagascar – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne with Naina Andriantsitohaina (February 13-14, 2019)

◢  Development – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica (Paris - February 14, 2019)

◢  Iran

◢  Italy

 
Madagascar – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne with Naina Andriantsitohaina (February 13-14, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Naina Andriantsitohaina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Madagascar, today.

He will express France's support for Madagascar, which is a great friend, following the recent presidential election—a very positive step which we commended. France intends to support the efforts of the new government of Madagascar to achieve the goals of development, prosperity and fighting severe poverty, as expected by the people of Madagascar. To that end, the ministers will discuss bilateral cooperation which we would like to strengthen, notably in the areas of education, vocational training, agriculture, forest conservation and biodiversity.

Jean-Yves Le Drian and Naina Andriantsitohaina will also discuss the issues at stake in regional cooperation and the prospects for joint action in the Indian Ocean.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will also receive Naina Andriantsitohaina.



Development – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica (Paris - February 14, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on February 14. The discussions focused on:

  • the creation of a unique Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). The minister and the minister of state reaffirmed France's expectations with respect to the governance of this instrument, within which states must be able to exercise influence in terms of defining strategic directions as well as with respect to their implementation. They also stressed that priority should be given to Africa and the least developed countries, the need for an ambitious implementation of the Paris climate accord and the sustainable development goals, as well as how to respond to the migration challenge.
  • the future agreement (the so-called post-Cotonou agreement) under negotiation between the EU and the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Mr. Le Drian and Mr. Lemoyne reaffirmed the importance that France attaches to this negotiation and to relations with the countries of these three regions, which must be part of a revised and modernized framework and move toward a partnership based on increased reciprocity and trade.
  • the so-called Overseas Association Decision (OAD) establishing the rules governing cooperation between overseas countries and territories and the European Union. For France, these negotiations have major importance. The minister and minister of state stressed the need to take into account the interests and challenges particular to different overseas countries and territories.
  • The minister and minister of state reiterated the importance of EU support for the Sahel Alliance. They also stressed the need to continue support for the Central African Republic, particularly through the Bêkou Trust Fund created at the behest of the Commission and France.

Finally, the ministers reaffirmed that the fight against inequality will be a central focus of the French G7 presidency. Two ministerial meetings will be dedicated to development, with the aim of achieving concrete results that benefit populations directly.



Iran

What is your response to the attack in Iranian Baluchestan?

France condemns yesterday's attack in Sistan-Baluchestan, for which the group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility, and whose toll is estimated at several dozen dead and injured.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families and to the Iranian authorities.



Italy

Yesterday you mentioned that France's ambassador would return to Rome "in due time." This morning, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Corriere della Sera that he would return "soon." Is it a matter of days, of weeks?

It will be very soon.


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