The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - May 24, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Brazil – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart, Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo (May 24, 2019)

◢  South Korea – Third session of the France-Korea strategic dialogue (Paris - May 24, 2019)

◢  New Zealand – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and David Parker, Minister for Trade, Export Growth and the Environment (Paris - May 24, 2019)

◢  India – General elections (April 11- May 19, 2019)

◢  UN – Resignation of Horst Köhler, the UN secretary-general's personal envoy for Western Sahara (May 23, 2019)

◢  Environment – Global Pact project (May 24, 2019)

 
Brazil – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart, Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo (May 24, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met today with Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.

The ministers reaffirmed the richness of our bilateral relations and the importance of the strategic partnership that has existed between our two countries since 2006. They discussed at length the prospects for strengthening economic and cultural relations as well as our defense cooperation. They also discussed cross-border cooperation, given that France shares with Brazil its longest land border through French Guiana. The two countries intend to further strengthen their dialogue in all of these areas.

Jean-Yves Le Drian and his interlocutor discussed international issues of shared concern, as well as regional issues, especially the situation in Venezuela.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for an exchange of views on the fight against climate change. France reaffirmed its desire for strong collective mobilization in order to achieve the long-term goals of the Paris climate agreement.



South Korea – Third session of the France-Korea strategic dialogue (Paris - May 24, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, co-chaired the third session of the France-Korea bilateral strategic dialogue in Paris today.

This dialogue provided an opportunity to discuss the prospects in the Korean Peninsula for achieving our shared goal of the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, as well as the need to continue and support the implementation of the JCPOA.

The two ministers discussed the responses, notably within the framework of the G20, to the critical multilateral issues of climate and the environment, as well as international security challenges.

Ms. Kang Kyung-wha's visit will help strengthen the "Global Partnership for the 21st Century" between France and South Korea and make progress toward the practical implementation of the priorities identified during President Moon Jae-in's visit in October: cooperation on key international issues, in the economic field (innovation and cross investment), in the academic and scientific spheres and in the defense and security field.

South Korea is a vital partner of France in Asia: it is its sixth largest client.



New Zealand – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and David Parker, Minister for Trade, Export Growth and the Environment (Paris - May 24, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met today with David Parker, Minister for Trade, Export Growth and the Environment of New Zealand.

The ministers welcomed the launch of the Christchurch Call by President Macron and the president of New Zealand. They underscored Paris and Wellington's attachment to a rules-based international order. They discussed in detail the ongoing trade tensions and efforts undertaken by the EU as well as the Ottawa Group to preserve a rules-based multilateral trade system and to modernize the WTO, while keeping the dispute settlement system operational.

During this meeting they reviewed the status of negotiations on a free-trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand. The ministers underscored the need for the agreement to include an ambitious chapter on social norms and environmental standards, referring to the joint declaration adopted in April 2018 by the French President and New Zealand Prime Minister on promoting compliance with the provisions of the Paris Agreement as an essential clause in the free-trade agreement.

France and New Zealand have a close, longstanding relationship based on shared values forged on the battlefields of World War I, and engage in a regular dialogue on the international situation.



India – General elections (April 11- May 19, 2019)

France offers its congratulations to the Indian people and authorities following the general elections whose results have just been made public.

The very high voter turnout illustrated the vitality of the world's largest democracy.

President Macron called the Indian Prime Minister to congratulate him.

France and India have an exceptional partnership. Together we work toward the security of our nations, international stability, sustainable development, and exchanges among our young people.

India can rest assured of France's unwavering friendship.



UN – Resignation of Horst Köhler, the UN secretary-general's personal envoy for Western Sahara (May 23, 2019)

France learned with regret of the resignation of the UN secretary-general's personal envoy for Western Sahara. It wishes to applaud his work, his personal commitment, and his continuous efforts to accomplish his mission since his appointment in August 2017.

President Köhler facilitated major progress on the issue for which he was responsible, with two round tables in Geneva bringing together Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania. France hopes that this positive new momentum will continue and calls on all the participants to pursue this dialogue.

France reiterates, in this regard, its full support for the secretary-general's efforts in support of a just, lasting, and mutually agreed on solution in Western Sahara in compliance with UN Security Council resolutions.



Environment – Global Pact project (May 24, 2019)

In September 2017, the French President proposed, before the United Nations, to adopt a global pact for the environment to give greater force to the major principles of international environmental law.

Responding to this call, the UN General Assembly created an intergovernmental working group in May 2018. After three sessions of dialogue in Nairobi, this group adopted recommendations by consensus to strengthen international environmental law. A political declaration is to be adopted at a high-level conference as part of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm Conference; preparations will take place during the UN Environment Assembly in 2021.

France welcomes the result reached in Nairobi thanks to strong efforts by the French and Europeans. This is a step forward toward the international community's adoption of an instrument to strengthen governance and international environmental law. France will continue to work hard to achieve the most ambitious possible result.



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