The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 16, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Armenia – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Armenian counterpart (April 16, 2019)

◢  EU – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to the European Parliament (Strasbourg - April 16, 2019)

 
Armenia – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Armenian counterpart (April 16, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, on Tuesday, April 16.

Jean-Yves Le Drian will reaffirm the strength of the historic ties between the Armenian and French people. He will signal our awareness of the changes taking place in Armenia and will express our determination to support them in all areas, especially with respect to economic cooperation and the human, cultural and scientific exchanges between our two countries.

Mr. Le Drian and his counterpart will discuss the prospects for stronger cooperation between the EU and Armenia in accordance with the framework agreement signed on November 24, 2017. Mr. Le Drian will notably express France's hope that the momentum generated at the Francophonie Summit in Yerevan on October 10, 2018, will help strengthen the role of the French language in Armenia.

Lastly, with respect to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the minister will review the recent discussions between Armenia and Azerbaijan and will reaffirm to his interlocutor France's determination, in its capacity as co-chair of the Minsk Group, to remain committed to finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict.



EU – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to the European Parliament (Strasbourg - April 16, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Strasbourg on April 16, for the last plenary session of the European Parliament before the European elections.

She will notably meet with the president of the European Parliament, as well as with several French members of the parliamentary institution, in order to discuss current issues such as Brexit and the fight against online terrorism.

The minister of state will also meet with the mayor of Strasbourg to discuss the attractiveness of the city, which is the seat of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, as well the implementation of the 2018-2020 three-year contract entitled "Strasbourg, European capital," aimed at allocating €185 million over three years to promote Strasbourg's attractiveness for European institutions.

The minister of state will also meet with Thierry Michels and Eric Straumann, Deputies for Bas-Rhin and co-rapporteurs of the National Assembly's information report on "Action by the French authorities to promote the attractiveness of Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament."


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