The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 23, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Croatia – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Croatia (Paris - May 23, 2019)

◢  Latin America and Caribbean Week – Sixth edition (May 23 - June 8, 2019)

◢  Central African Republic – Attack on civilians (May 23, 2019)

◢  Libya

Croatia – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Croatia (Paris - May 23, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, on Thursday in Paris.

The ministers will discuss key current European issues, notably the preparations for the European Council on June 20 and 21, during which the EU's Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 will be adopted. This will be implemented by Croatia during its first presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2020. They will also discuss the Western Balkans as well as major international issues, notably including the latest developments in North Africa, the Middle East and the Sahel.

They will also discuss the priorities France has set for its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe: preserving and strengthening the European system of human rights protection; promoting equality and coexistence, combating racism and intolerance and all forms of discrimination, especially on the Internet; responding to new challenges to human rights and the rule of law.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the vitality of our bilateral relations, reflected by the implementation of the Croatian-French Strategic Partnership 2018-2021 Action Plan, signed by our two countries on April 6, 2018.

Latin America and Caribbean Week – Sixth edition (May 23 - June 8, 2019)

The minister for Europe and foreign affairs is coordinating the sixth edition of Latin America and Caribbean Week from May 23 to June 8. Featuring more than 500 events, this is a unique occasion for dialogue and encounters every year between France and its partners in the south of the American continent.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, would like to underscore the importance of this special relationship to all of the political, economic, cultural and academic actors who contribute to it. A round table hosted at the Quai d'Orsay on May 28 will provide an opportunity for civil societies to exchange views on their efforts to promote solidarity-based development and on French cooperation.

France underscores the vitality of our political relations and the importance of the challenges we share, such as the fight against global warming and renewed multilateralism.

Latin America and Caribbean Week is now a well-established tradition thanks to the mobilization of all actors. The embassies of Latin America and the Caribbean in France play an important role, thanks to their dynamism, in ensuring the success of these events, as does the National Assembly and the Senate. The ever-increasing number of French partners who establish extremely rich ties with their counterparts on the South American continent reflect the vitality of these exchanges.

Latin America and Caribbean Week will continue to evolve this year. It is expanding, with the number of events up threefold, it is becoming more decentralized, with more than 60% of the events taking place outside of Paris, and it will go abroad for the first time, with 20 or so events taking place on the American continent, in the French Guiana region as well as in several Latin American countries, where Alliances Françaises networks and schools that are part of the AEFE network have joined forces to illustrate their decisive contribution to relations between France and the south of the continent.

The whole program is available online here:

Central African Republic – Attack on civilians (May 23, 2019)

France utterly condemns the attack carried out by the armed group 3R in the Paoua region, in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR), which caused numerous civilian deaths.

France offers its condolences to the victims' families and calls for the perpetrators to be swiftly brought to justice.

This attack is a major violation of the peace agreement signed by the Central African government and 14 armed groups on February 6, with the support of the African Union, the UN, and the countries of the region. This attack shows the urgent need for disarming and demobilizing armed groups, which must end all forms of violence and destabilizing activities in Bangui and in the rest of the country, lay down their weapons, and engage in the peace process immediately and unconditionally. France reiterates its call for all the parties to implement last February's agreement, which offers real prospects for ending the crisis in the CAR


Has there been any progress following yesterday's meeting between President Macron and Field Marshal Haftar?

In light of the ongoing clashes in Tripoli, France is speaking resolutely to all the Libyan stakeholders, urging them to accept a ceasefire and resume political negotiations. It was in this spirit that President Macron hosted Field Marshal Haftar yesterday after meeting with Prime Minister Sarraj on May 8.

We asked Field Marshal Haftar to ensure the protection of civilians and to work toward the establishment of a ceasefire and the resumption of political negotiations. We reaffirmed our priorities: combating terrorist groups; dismantling networks of traffickers, especially those linked to clandestine migration; and bringing about long-term stability in Libya.

The Libyan stakeholders repeatedly agreed that the solution could only be political. That is why France will continue working with its partners, especially the Europeans, to ensure that the Libyan stakeholders implement the commitments taken at various international meetings in France, Italy, and more recently the United Arab Emirates.

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