The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - April 23, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Mali (April 20-21, 2019)

◢  Iran

Mali (April 20-21, 2019)

France utterly condemns the attack that killed an Egyptian MINUSMA peacekeeper in the Mopti region on April 20. It condemns with equal force the attack that left 11 Malian soldiers dead in the village of Guire on April 20.

It extends its condolences to the families of the soldiers who were killed.

It reaffirms its support for the Malian authorities in their fight against terrorism, as well as for MINUSMA, which has a key role to play in Mali's stabilization.

The perpetrators of these attacks must be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions.


Can the Europeans remain in the JCPOA given the new situation, following the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that sanctions would be imposed on Iranian oil? How are Paris and Berlin addressing this issue at the moment? What is the status of the INSTEX initiative?

France is determined to implement the JCPOA, which was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in its resolution 2231 (2015). Together with its European partners, France intends to continue its efforts to ensure that Iran reaps the economic benefits associated with the lifting of sanctions as long as it continues to honor all of its nuclear obligations.

To that end, France, Germany and the United Kingdom established the INSTEX financial compensation mechanism, which will facilitate financial transactions for European firms that wish to maintain trade relations with Iran, in accordance with European and international law. The work initiated is progressing in a positive manner with a view toward ensuring its successful conclusion in the near future. Iran must also make progress on the work to make its mirror-image version of the mechanism (STFI) operational. In-depth discussions with French, British and German experts are underway, in conjunction with Iranian experts, in order to ensure that the two structures operate in a way that is compatible and in conformity with international financial standards.

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