The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 3, 2019
In this issue:

◢  North Atlantic Treaty Organization – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers (Washington, D.C. - April 3-4, 2019)

◢  The Gambia – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the foreign minister (April 3, 2019)

◢  Jerusalem

 
North Atlantic Treaty Organization – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers (Washington, D.C. - April 3-4, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers today and tomorrow.

During this meeting in Washington, the allies will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in this same city on April 4, 1949.

During this meeting, the minister will express our desire that NATO continue to adapt to current security challenges. He will confirm that France intends to make a full contribution to strengthening NATO's deterrence and defense posture. He will underscore the importance of taking new threats into consideration, especially in cyberspace. Jean-Yves Le Drian will reaffirm our support for NATO's efforts in the fight against terrorism, notably in Iraq. He will argue in favor of greater European accountability within the framework of trans-Atlantic relations, and in this respect will highlight the unprecedented progress in European defense promoted by France.



The Gambia – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the foreign minister (April 3, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met today with Gambian Foreign Minister Mamadou Tangara.

Their meeting offered an opportunity to reaffirm the solid ties between our two countries. Since the donors' conference of May 2018, France is The Gambia's leading bilateral provider of funds, i.e., €50 million in assistance for the period of 2018-2021. This support is making it possible to develop agricultural projects as well as access to water and electricity. France is also providing support to The Gambia by strengthening its security system, making a French aid worker available to the Gambian national security advisor.

This meeting also served as the occasion to announce a €500,000 project to support the teaching of French in Gambia, thus solidifying The Gambia's place among French-speaking nations. Indeed, The Gambia has been a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) since 2018.



Jerusalem

What is France's response to the joint appeal by Pope Francis and the king of Morocco to preserve the Holy City as the common patrimony of humanity and as the common place of encounter for the three monotheistic religions?

We took note of this important statement. Our position on the status of Jerusalem and the holy sites is unwavering.


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